If you are new to croquet, have a look at this short video produced by our Association.
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.
About the club
In the last century croquet in this area was only played in Burley. Games were played in member’s gardens and usually finished with tea and cucumber sandwiches.
Due to various circumstances the club membership diminished and as a result, availability of garden lawns also decreased. The opportunities to play croquet became fewer and fewer.
Around 2005, a suitable piece of land became available in Bransgore. The Burley Club committee made inquiries about this ground and as a result, this is now the home of Bransgore Croquet Club (BCC).
The Bransgore Croquet Club was formed in 2006 and was ably and enthusiastically led by Miles Rich and his team. Play commenced in the summer of 2006 with just a half lawn.
Playing days were Monday afternoons (Association Croquet) and Thursday afternoons (Golf Croquet). Following on from this initial effort, the club now has two full sized playing lawns and a smaller lawn used for practice.
As the club has grown, it now enjoys play from Monday to Friday as detailed below.
in addition to club play, we invite other organisations along. For example, Rotary, TWG, U3A and WI, come and play croquet and afterwards enjoy cheese and wine or a cream tea, depending on the time of day to finish off.
Playing Dates and Times
The Bransgore Croquet Year usually commences on the 1st April and finishes about the end of September, beginning of October. This is dependent on the weather.
As we play both forms of the game at Bransgore (read more about The Games here), we have divided the week into the following playing slots.