Extra Golf Croquet Improvers Course - 17/01/2013 17:53 by John_Low

There has been a high demand for places on the GC Improvers Course this year so we are running an ADDITIONAL course on 

Friday 26th April 2013

All details are the same as the existing course. You can book this course in the usual ways (on-line is preferred).

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This course is now also full.

Additional course on Friday 10th May

Courses for 2013 - 17/12/2012 09:02 by John_Low

The on-line entry channel for the 2013 season of courses is now open on this website. Check here.

Report on the High Bisque Tournament - 08/08/2012 21:28 by Frances_Low


The annual High Bisque tournament run by the Croquet Academy was held at Southwick on 7/8August. 20 players took part – 12 in the main event and 8 in the supervised event.

In the supervised event, each game is 14 points, and there are full bisques to a base of 6, the players have the advantage of a coach on the lawn to give advise and help with tactics.

The winner of the supervised event was Caroline Denny from Bear of Rodborough. Caroline beat Sheila Cullen of Rottingdean in the final and was a worthy winner as she won all her games and pegged out each time! As a reward she was presented with a bottle of wine by the SCCC Chairman, Alan Rew, and she had a handicap reduction to 20! Well done Caroline. In the same group, Leon Ellis from Parkstone had a handicap reduction to 20.


The main event was closely contested with block winners Clive Hayton from Sussex CCC meeting Phil Dunk from Preston Park. Both players are relatively new to the game and we saw an absorbing final with plenty of good, accurate croquet interspersed with some original and unconventional play. Phil pegged out Clive’s yellow ball then decided to peg his own ball out as well thus making it a one ball ending but Phil always had the upper hand as he was on penult by then and Clive was only on 1 back! An excellent final and Alan Rew presented Phil with the High Bisque Slaver for 2012. Clive was a worthy runner up and I am sure we shall see both these players continue to improve rapidly. Clive and Phil both had a handicap change to 16 which should encourage them to continue their progress. Johannes Hamann from East Dorset had a handicap change from 16 to 14.


(Both photos courtesy of Judith Moore)

My thanks to all the players who took part and I hope they feel their croquet has improved and that they enjoyed the 2 days.


Most importantly, can I thank the coaches who gave of their time and expertise. The coaching and advice were greatly appreciated by the supervised group. Particular thanks to Jack Davies who supported me on both days and who is so good at encouraging and helping people new to the game. Thanks due also to Pat Jackson who coached and refereed both finals, to Bryan Teague who refereed on day 1, and to Jonathan Isaacs and John Taylor who coached on the first day. The enthusiasm and high standard of coaching were greatly valued. Thanks to the Southwick Club for 2 days of delicious lunches and teas, and as ever thanks to hoop setter and grounds organiser John Gosney.


An enjoyable, mostly rain free,  2 days and hopefully a learning experience for all, and for some, a prelude to more croquet tournaments!


Frances Low – Manager.


Coaches Qualification Course - 21/11/2011 17:29 by Jonathan_Isaacs
An additional course is being provided in 2012 which may not be in the CA Fixtures Book.

1st - 2nd May 2012: a coaches qualification course, to be run at Southwick by Cliff Jones.  See course prospectus for more details.

2012 Coaching Season announced - 02/11/2011 09:56 by John_Low



Coaching Courses

for players of all abilities

The Croquet Academy is running a comprehensive series of courses at Sussex County Croquet Club, Southwick aimed at Golf and Association Croquet players of all abilities.

Below are brief details of the 2012 courses.

Full details and application forms are available on the Academy Website or in the 2011 CA Fixtures Calendar. Alternatively email the Academy Administrator on




Handicap range

21st & 22nd April

Association Croquet Bronze Course

12 - 18

21st & 22nd April

Association Croquet Silver Course

6 - 11

21st & 22nd April

Association Croquet Triple Peel Course

4 or less

25th & 26th April


A guide to Successful Tournament Management

any, either form of croquet

28th & 29th April

Association Croquet Improvers Course

18 or more

28th & 29th April


Association Croquet Development Course in Advanced Play

6 - 12

28th & 29th April


Introduction to Association Croquet 28th & 29th April


19th & 20th May

Golf Croquet Improvers Course

4 or more

19th & 20th May


Introduction to Association Croquet for Golf Croquet Players

novices to association croquet

7th & 8th August 2012

Association Croquet Supervised High Bisque Tournament

16 or more



Additional Course: Coaches Training - 04/02/2011 21:20 by John_Low
A new course has been added to the programme:

Coaches Training Course

Dates: 6/7 April

Manager: Daphne Gaitley

Secretary: John Low, etc.

Entry Fee: £24 CA £16

Closing date: 1st April


Format: Practical sessions interspersed with lectures and group work. Some work to prepare on the Wednesday night.

The course is for those who have a basic knowledge of the rules of Croquet.

It is for both GC and AC players as the course is about how to teach.


Further details can be obtained from Daphne Gaitley –

Welcome to the new coaching season! - 19/01/2011 10:51 by Frances_Low
I sent out a flyer with a short email newsletter today. If you couldn't see the flyer for technical reasons, here it is.






Coaching Courses

for players of all abilities

The Croquet Academy is running a comprehensive series of courses at Sussex County Croquet Club, Southwick aimed at Golf and Association Croquet players of all abilities.

Below are brief details of the 2011 courses.

Full details and application forms are available on the Academy Website or in the 2011 CA Fixtures Calendar. Alternatively phone the Academy Administrator – John Low on 01273 388910.




Run by


2-4 April

Triple Peel Course


Below 4

2/3 April

Association Silver Course



2/3 April

Association Bronze Course



9/10 April

Association Gold Course


5 and under

9/10 April

Association Improvers Course


18 & above

20 April

Golf Croquet Laws



14/15 May

Association Beginners Course


20 & above

8 June

Golf Beginners



2/3 July

Golf Improvers



22/25 July

Association Summer School



11/12 August

Association High Bisque Tournament with special supervised group for higher bisquers


14 and above

14 May

Masterclass with Bill Arliss on ‘The tactics of Golf Croquet’




GC Laws course for next year - 09/12/2010 09:53 by John_Low
Bill Arliss has kindly agreed to run a further GC Laws Course next season.  Details are in the Course Prospectus.

Daniel Morgenstern wins High Bisque Tournament - 14/08/2010 09:12 by Frances_Low
The High Bisque Tournament on 12/13 August 2010 run by the Croquet Academy was won by Dr Daniel Morgenstern who was successful in all his games. In the final, he beat Steve Lewendon and even managed a very efficient rover peel, finishing with some bisques still standing - a very polished performance that earned him the High Bisque Salver and a handicap reduction from 18 to 14.

In the subsidiary event, a supervised, less experienced group, the winner was Rosemary Coleman who won all her matches. This new venture, where the group played 14pt games under the eagle eye of an experienced coach, worked well and was appreciated by all participants.

The Academy would like to thank all those who entered and played in good spirit and it was interesting to see how all improved over the two days. Special thanks also to the coaches who did such a marvellous job - Alan Theobald, Gene Mears, Daphne Gaitley and Jonathan Isaacs. Their advice and expertise was greatly valued.  Thanks also to Don Mears for all his refereeing, and of course, to the Club for the excellent meals and friendly atmosphere.

See you again next year?

Triple Peel Course - 20/07/2010 22:38 by Jonathan_Isaacs
Unfortunately there have been too many cancellations for the Triple Course scheduled for 5-7 August. As such we have reluctantly had to take the decision to cancel it and reschedule it for next spring.

The general feedback we have received it that it would be best to run it in the early part of the season and as such we are looking for a suitable date in April/May 2011 when a number of people have expressed an interest.