GAMES WE PLAY
Basic explanation of how croquet as a game works. Come and make yourself known at our club if you want a live demonstration!
CROQUET – A Game To Play
At Waimarie Hutt Valley we play two main forms of croquet, Golf Croquet (GC) and Association Croquet (AC). Both games have Singles and Doubles, so whether you prefer 1 on 1 or playing with a friend, there's an option for you.
Below are basic overviews of the two forms of the game, but we invite you to come on down and give it a go. We hope the explanations can give you an idea of how the games work, but there's no substitute for grabbing a mallet, hitting a ball, and giving it a go!
Generally, new members start with the faster, simpler GC, but both games are fantastic to give a shot!
Want a fast-paced game that involves smashing plenty of balls? Then Golf Croquet is the game for you. As shown on the diagram below, play starts in the yellow corner and goes around the lawn twice in a race to see who can get to 7 hoops first. Play is sequential with one shot each turn and alternating between teams, so not much waiting around! It also means quick-thinking strategising that anticipates what others will do goes a long way, and makes this an engrossing and intriguing game. And of course the need at times to hit the other person's ball away for miles helps add that much more excitement and exhilaration!
That's a basic overview of GC, but be sure to come along if you would like to learn more about how the game works!
Want a game that rewards brains over brawn? Then Association Croquet is the game for you. The order of the hoops is the same as GC, but only one person is on the lawn at any one time, and the 13th for each ball is hitting the peg in the middle. Your turn goes for as long as you can keep it going through roquets (hitting another ball with your ball), croquets (special shot where you bring the balls together) and continuations (where you can score a hoop or roquet another ball to keep your turn going). With good planning and tactics you can score hoop after hoop after hoop in a carefully considered route to 26 points and have fun in the sun!
That's a basic overview of AC, but be sure to come along if you would like to learn more about how the game works!