Croquet is a game which is stimulating, competitive and fun
Welcome to Hamptworth Croquet Club
Hamptworth is a warm and friendly club and we welcome new members, guests and visitors.
Croquet is an exciting game of skill, tactics and concentration. It is played by all ages and is one of the few sports played between men and women on equal terms. At Hamptworth we play Association Croquet (AC) and Golf Croquet (GC), both in accordance with the rules of the Croquet Association.
Hamptworth is very fortunate to have five croquet lawns of International standard. There is also a spectator pavilion overlooking the lawns. As well as Club competitions, we host Southern Federation, National and International tournaments.
Club Committee Members
Chairman Nick Beard 01722 322190
Lawns Manager Richard Smith 01794 322263
Social Secretary Sheena Griffiths 01794 830540
Member w/o Portfolio David Cooper 01722 325410
AC Coordinator Ann Beard 01722 322190
GC Captain Bob Channon 01980 591440
Tournament Co-ordinator for GC and AC Richard Jenkins
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org telephone 01722 325410 / 07967 032836
Anyone wishing to join the Club should contact one of the Committee.
A mallet can be borrowed. The Club has a selection of mallets of differing weights and heights to suit your build.
The dress code is generally very informal. Players tend to wear Whites for tournament competitions but otherwise the stress is on keeping warm (or cool) dry and comfortable. The only essential requirement is to wear a pair of flat shoes (to avoid lawn damage)
The current individual Annual subscription is £295 for a full year’s play and this includes full use of the Clubhouse facilities. Clubhouse opening hours are seasonally variable and are advertised on the notice boards. Croquet subscription is for use of the lawns and Clubhouse. Croquet members can pay separately to use the tennis courts, gym, golf course and pilates classes.
Unlike many other Croquet Clubs, at Hamptworth we play throughout the year. (1st April to 31st March.) There is a Winter membership available from October to April.
When you join, you will be issued with a green club card (like a credit card) which you preload and then gain discounts on bar and food purchases (except for special events)
Prospective members ie. people who are new to croquet and Hamptworth, should contact a current member to introduce them to croquet. They can play free, on a trial basis up to 3 times before being asked to join.
Members can sign in any number of guests for £5 per session but the same person can only be a guest up to 3 times in any one year (1 April to 31 March) irrespective of which member signs them in. Please use the book on Reception in the Club house and labelled “croquet guests”. Inside the book is a pocket of envelopes to put the payment in, and then leave it at Reception.
Members can play as often as they like informally and at Club mix-in or handicap sessions which are as follows:-
Monday afternoon – GC Doubles (2.00pm summer 1.30pm winter)
Tuesday evening during summer AC and GC (6pm)
Wednesday afternoon – AC (2.00pm summer 1.30pm winter)
Thursday morning – AC and GC singles handicap play (10am)
Friday - Lawn maintenance staff have priority
At other times members can book a lawn in the croquet diary on Reception in the Clubhouse (excluding some Tournament and match days )
Each summer a knock-out tournament is run for AC Handicap Singles(the Ken Smith Trophy), AC Handicap Doubles ,GC Handicap Singles, GC Handicap Doubles and GC level Singles. Run by the Captains these are a good way to play your first competition. There is also a ladder competition for both AC and GC.
Hamptworth croquet club hosts many tournaments throughout the year. The dates are displayed on the Croquet notice boards in the Clubhouse and pavilion. These show how many lawns are available for general use. You may also wish to enter or spectate. Richard Jenkins is the Tournament Co-ordinator.
New players of both AC and GC will be given appropriate handicaps and cards by the Club Handicappers. David Cooper, GC Captain, and Richard Jenkins are the Club GC Handicappers. Richard Dickson is the AC Handicapper. Each Club member records the results of official games on their cards, which are those singles games played in tournaments, club knock-outs or Thursday morning mix-ins. Any experienced Club member will be happy to explain the handicapping system.
Coaching is available free to Club members, by arrangement with Richard Stevens or Richard Jenkins.
New members will be shown how to repair damage to the lawn. Lawn repairers should be carried when playing and returned to the Pavilion after the game.
If you have any queries please contact any member of the committee.
We look forward to seeing you on the lawns.