About the club
Purley Bury Croquet Club is a Community Amateur Sports Club affiliated to the Croquet Association. We celebrated our 30th Anniversary in 2021 ( delayed from 2020) . The club encourages both Association Croquet and Golf Croquet, and is open to people of any age. We have around 100 members of which 60 are players ( 40 social ) with a wide range of experience and ability, new members are always welcome.
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 “About us” menu to learn more about the club .
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.
The club has two croquet courts available from April to the end of September. The club caters for all levels of player from beginner to expert through the regular friendly play, internal competitions and fielding teams in regional competitions.
There is a strong social programme, with regular and popular events throughout the year, for the full programme see the Calendar