Ramsgate Croquet Club's 1st International Golf Croquet Championship in
2000 proved so successful in that we were able to continue to attract World
Champions with our winning formula of good organization, excellent lawns,
good food and a friendly welcome for players and spectators alike each year
right through to 2003.
As a venture to introduce a wider public to the delights of Croquet at
the time of the millennium we decided to stage an International Golf
Croquet Tournament, not only would it attract champions from all over the
world - we hoped - but would be more easily followed by spectators as the
rules are less complicated than for Association Croquet. We were lucky
enough to get sponsors and coverage by Meridian Television and - most
importantly - World Champions!
Since then we have been going from strength to strength with more
sponsorship, more television coverage with the BBC and, in 2003, World
Champions from both games as finalists.
The Club continues to hold their Golf Croquet Championship and still
attracts players from all over the United Kingdom and the
Continent as well as some playing visitors from around the world. In June
2006 twenty players enjoyed splended weather and first class croquet with
the tournament won by David Openshaw. In 2007 Tim King took the honours
beating Bill Arliss in a close fought final with Ramsgate's own Sheila
Prentice winning the Ladies Golf Tournament.
Reg Bamford returning in 2008 and 2009 in winning form and Jane Collier
winner of the Ladies in both years.
Reg Bamford and Khalid Younis in 2003 final
(photo by Quiller Barrett)
Ramsgate Croquet Club will be holding their Golf Croquet Championship the
weekend of the 10th and 11th June 2017 The Club will this year also be
holding a Ladies Golf Croquet Tournament the weekend 27th/28th May.
Details of entrance fees,
timetable and arrangement of matches for 2017 are available in the CA
fixtures calendar or may be obtained early in 2017 by telephoning the Match
Admission for spectators is FREE and all members of the public are welcome, especially croquet players both young and old
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