Anyone can come along and try croquet. We hold taster sessions for prospective members every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon from 1.30 to 4pm, where you will be given one-to-one tuition with an experienced player.
If these times are not convenient, please contact the club coach or membership secretary, see Contacts, who will be pleased to arrange another day or time.
The first taster sessions is free, followed by 2 more at £5 each. We consider that after three taster sessions you will know whether you would like to continue playing and become a member of the club.
Once you do become a member, you will be entitled to attend our club days and other events and to enjoy all the facilities of the club.
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Whilst we do not hold specific coaching courses, new and existing members are also able to attend coaching sessions on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, or other times by arrangement.
During these sessions you will be shown the basics of techniques, skills and tactics for Golf Croquet and Association Croquet, plus other variations of the games, al of which will help to improve your playing skills.
Coaching is completely free to members and we particularly encourage new players to use the sessions to get the most out of the game.
Our initial focus is on getting the basic skills needed for golf croquet. We consider that after three or four sessions you will have received a good introduction to both golf croquet and association croquet and be able to join in on club days and other events.
Handicapping allows players to compete on equal terms and provides all players with an even chance of winning their games.
When you have settled into the club, you will be given a handicap, according to your skill level. For beginners this will usually be the starting or highest handicap.
In Golf croquet when you play singles games, the higher handicap player receives a number of “extra turns”, based on the difference in the handicaps of the two players. The extra turns can be used at any state of the game to even out the ability of the better player and makes the game more enjoyable for the weaker player.
In Association croquet the higher handicap player receives a number of “bisques”, as above, which can be used to continue play when their turn comes to an end.