Learn About Our Fundraiser!, Theatre N
Learn About Our Fundraiser!
Join us on September 22nd!
Meet us in the hills of Chadds Ford and play this crazy fun game for a good cause! We'll drink a little beer, enjoy the sun and make some new friends! All proceeds go towards Theatre N, Wilmington’s Nonprofit Arthouse Cinema.
Tickets include drinks and light food. Click here to Join in the Fun!
If you're wondering what "9 Holes Anywhere" is, imagine a wild combo of croquet and golf. It'll put your skills to the test, and if you're not athletically inclined - don't worry - it's all for fun!
The game was dreamt up in 1969 by four close friends; Ron Maroney, Glen Dugdale, Ernie Rivet and Randy Barton, who met on the lawn nearly every Sunday afternoon for a match. Standard croquet sets were first used, but they learned quickly that the mallets would break under the stress of a full swing. In 1970, Geordie, a Boeing engineer, designed specialized rugged croquet golf mallets applying the best technology and materials available. Ernie and Ron eventually designed and built croquet golf mallets similar to the ones used today.
Bill Dugdale, son of Glen and nephew of Geordie, grew up thinking everyone played Croquet Golf! In 2001, Bill expounded upon Geordie’s original design, and began manufacturing custom croquet golf sets for his friends. He continues to sell the sets today.
TYPES OF SWINGS
Croquet golf swings include the Full Swing, the Hammer Head, the Flying Dutchman, and the Pool shot. The croquet golf swing is different depending on each shot. So, much like the game of traditional golf, in the game of croquet golf, it takes time to develop a swing that is both comfortable and accurate.
The most basic technique is the Full Swing which is much like a traditional golf swing. Players use a full swing when they want to make a ball travel as far as it can go. In a full swing, a player hits the croquet golf ball with a sweeping motion of the arm and accelerates on the downswing to a full finish – of course maintaining ones balance. (10′-300′)
The Hammer Head is a pendulum swing between the legs. The ends of the croquet golf mallet head face your ankles and the ball is struck with the broadside of the mallet head. This technique is used for putting, very short distances, or downhill touch shots. (1′-25′)
Note: The Flying Dutchman is a similar but less encouraged technique where the mallet head is parallel to the feet and the ball is struck with the round mallet face (sometimes called ‘Canadian’ in honor of founder Ernie Rivet).
The Pool Shot putt is the most highly recommended putting technique because of the time tested accuracy. The player kneels or lies on the ground and strikes the ball with the bottom of the mallet while looking down the handle. The mallet head rests on the ground and the player slides the mallet as if striking a pool or billiards ball with the end.