Croquet is one of the finest outdoor sports. It is a friendly game combining ball skills as well as tactics, it’s relatively easy to understand, and it’s fun to play.
We are always pleased to receive new members, of any age or level of experience from beginner to advanced. If you are an experienced club or match player, please click on our club section to learn more about the club and how to get in touch.
If you are thinking of taking up croquet from scratch, please keep reading this section for a brief introduction to the game and its benefits.
Why play croquet?
Croquet is an enjoyable, sociable game that can be played by people of any age and of either sex.
There are two principal forms of the game – Association and Golf.
Association Croquet is a game of complex strategy and high levels of skill, and is similar in many ways to games like snooker or pool.
Golf Croquet is quick to learn, but requires accuracy and tactics to master.
Both forms of the game may be played as singles or doubles and many people enjoy playing both, as skills learned in one form of the game may be applied to the other.
Croquet’s effective handicap system recognises smart thinking as much as physical skill, so everyone has a good chance of winning.
As with any game, the best players probably start young, but many take it up after retiring from more energetic pursuits. It can be as skilful as you want it to be – advanced players can take it very seriously, but most club members probably see it as a relaxing and friendly way of passing an afternoon.
Message from our Chairman Neil Clark:
Welcome to Maldon Croquet Club
We at Maldon Croquet Club pride ourselves on being a friendly, fun loving group of people.
We welcome players and spectators of all standards, from absolute beginners to National Champions.
If you have never played croquet before, but fancy trying it, come along and take advantage of our introductory coaching by friendly qualified coaches who will show you the ropes.
The club was founded in 2011 with just four members, playing at Drapers Farm Sports and Social Club.
In 2014 we relocated to Forrester Park Golf Club, a superb location, where we have full use of the large club house with bar and restaurant.
We run introductory sessions and internal competitions throughout the season, as well as hosting events for local organisations, including wedding events and birthday parties.
At present we have over sixty members, who have the opportunity to play at their own level, either socially or competitively. We have regular Club days, which are relaxed, and allow members and guests to meet up and where regular, optional, coaching sessions are on offer.
If you would prefer to watch and learn, just come along on these days. Or why not book an event for you and your friends to experience the wonderful game of croquet?
We are a growing club and, unlike many sports clubs, do not have a waiting list for new members.
Our ethos is that all members should enjoy their croquet, whatever the level.
About the club
The club was formed in 2011, and is based in Forrester Park Golf Club.
Our season runs from April to October, and membership is open to people of any age. New recruits are always welcome, and all members have the use of our equipment as well as access to coaching from our more experienced players.
For both formats of the game, there are internal events and regional and national leagues and tournaments for those who wish to play competitively. These cater for all levels of player from beginner to expert.
Unfortunately, during the past two years we have been unable to have our monthly winter lunch get-togethers due to the pandemic. However, we hope they can be reinstated in 2022.
We now have a Finals Day in September where our three in-house competitions are decided. This is followed at the end of the season by our Presentation Evening and Dinner.
Members enjoy 10% discount off food and drink by using their Forrester Club Card. We have in the past supported the Forrester Quiz nights by having teams to represent our Club. Hopefully these will once again take place in the foreseeable future.
The Ramsgate weekend has now been rescheduled for 2022.