Croquet suffers the disadvantage over bowls in being not so well-known or understood. As a result bowls is the popular choice. Another problem is accessibility. There are fewer croquet clubs, and they may not be close. Immaculate lawns must meet the specific requirements of croquet. The speed of ball movement in croquet has to be precise to reach but not overshoot targeted positions. The usual bowling green is too fast.
The strategies and the rules of Association Croquet, the classic form of the game, take time to master, but many players choose it over bowls for the challenges this presents. Games are usually capped at two and a half hours, and as a result tournaments may last several days. They are intensely competitive, motivating players to strive for excellence. Even “friendlies” can be almost do or die events.
Not everyone coming to retirement or seeking a sport for their leisure hours, wishes to be so deeply involved. Golf croquet is a simpler version, and a fun game, with plenty of social interaction, It is still very skilful. It is amazing how often freakish shots occur to the applause of even one’s opponents. The game is also shorter, most lasting about three-quarters of an hour. This allows a game to be played before and after the essential tea break in a morning or afternoon session of play. Golf croquet has saved many a club from extinction.
Golf Croquet Mount Barker Style
It may not have the youngest members, but it would definitely rate as one of the friendliest of clubs.
This group of 25 Mount Barker Golf Croquet regulars are enthusiastic about their twice weekly friendly matches. In Gala day competitions, visitors from other clubs, join the local club for a full day of competitive croquet matches.
The club logo.
Two mallets forming an oblique cross with a set of croquet balls in the angles with the primary colours of blue/black and red/yellow
Don’t wait until you retire to take up croquet!
SA Golf Croquet State Team 2013
It is the younger players who do best. It helps too if you have prowess in other sports.
Location of the Mount Barker Croquet and club details
The club is on the low side of Mann Street, next to the Mount Barker Bowling Club, on the eastern side of Adelaide Road, busy entrance to Mount Barker from Adelaide’s South-Eastern Freeway.
Corner Mann Street and Adelaide Road Mount Barker, SA 5251
Club Secretary: Neal Gibson, 42/2 Hutchinson Street Mount Barker, SA 5251
SA Croquet Association
Fields a number of divisions which play, Tues 10am – 12.30pm; Thurs 9am – 12 noon; Saturday 9am – 11.30am
$250 plus SACA ( South Australian Croquet Association) Fee
Club Secretary Neal Gibson
There are three standard size lawns. To accommodate more players, each lawn can be sub-divided if necessary into two.
At play on the main lawn in front of the shelter and equipment shed.
The not so modern rest rooms
What better name for the club toilet block?
Croquhe for Gentlemen
Croquher for the Ladies
Pelicans – Mount Barker’s Laratinga Wetlands
Few clubs can boast such a lovely leafy setting such as the Mount Barker Club members enjoy. In the background on the other side of Adelaide Road, is the Keith Stephenson recreational park. A linear walking trail on the southern edge of the club links this park to the famous Laratinga Wetlands.
Refurbished (thanks to Mt Barker Council) Clubhouse.
Golf Croquet players in action on the 2nd and 3rd lawns in front of the refurbished clubhouse. In the back-ground behind the clubhouse, on the other-side of Adelaide Road is the popular Wallis Cinema complex, a modern state-of-the-art facility which boasts seven auditoriums, each with a wall-to-wall screen, high back seats, and Dolby Surround Sound. It adjoins the historic Auchendarroch House and the Tavern.
Originally named The Oakfield Hotel, “Auchendarroch” derives its origins from the Scottish-Gaelic term ‘holy place of the oaks’ and was built-in 1860 by Scottish immigrant Lachlan McFarlane.
Another Scottish ex patriot, Robert Barr Smith, business person and philanthropist, purchased the property in 1878. He served on the boards of the University of Adelaide, the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, and many Adelaide companies.
Inside the clubhouse
Meet some of the Players
We would be delighted to meet you in person!!
Colleen and Maurice Walters manage the kitchen chores
Lorraine and Trevor