1:00 PM Sunday, open play, free lessons and of course, FUN.
With the start of hot and humid weather, we've moved under the lights at 7:00PM unless the weather is not beastly during the day.
Start at 1:00PM with a lesson by a professional. At 2:00PM organized play with professional coaches.
Sunday afternoon croquet. Learn to play, play with social distancing at the Chesapeake Bay Croquet Club.
Score the Yellow.
CBCC is all Croquet, all the time. We even have lights for night play. CBCC has 8 courts (lawns, pitches, fields) in a laser leveled field with pavilions down one side for shelter when Lake Hartfield rises after thunderstorms. The courts are open for play anytime, although Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays are the regularly scheduled practice days.
Golf Croquet, 6-Wicket Croquet, Association Croquet and occasionally 9-Wicket Croquet are played on our courts. The courts are always open for practice and pick-up games are daily events. Or, you can hone your skills on a court in splendid isolation.
CBCC is part of the United States Croquet Association and there are tournaments throughout the year at various locales. CBCC hosts tournaments each year.
It is the most vicious game on the planet, played by ruthless opportunists with varying skill levels. That's one take on the game. Croquet uses four balls weighing a pound each and of different colors. The colors show the order of play. Blue plays first, then red, then black, then yellow. The order repeats. Using a mallet, the objective is to hit your ball through a wicket to score a point. And from there to progress in order through the rest of the wickets to score points.
This is not your grandma's backyard croquet. The wickets are just plain mean as they have only 1/16 of an inch clearance on either side of the ball. It takes some time and effort to become proficient. We train people to play who have never held a mallet before and within an hour, they're able to move the ball and score wickets.
It is a game played by all ages. Our youngest player is six and our oldest is over 90. One of the best players in the world is still a teenager. It is not physically strenuous but it does involve a good amount of walking. It can be played in all seasons. All that matters is that you want to play the game. We have little kids, teenagers, young adults, older adults, geezers and all sorts.
All white clothing is one impression of croquet players. But this is not a rule. Politeness is, however, a rule. You always compliment a player on a shot that scores and no matter how much it irks you, on a shot that knocks your perfectly placed ball in scoring position into the next county (that's the vicious part). Croquet players come from all walks of life and are united by a passion for the game.
"I saw the courts while driving by, stopped in and met the owners. The rest is history. Great place to play and learn."
"We will happily teach you to play."
"It's wicket fun."
"It's a great place to meet people and to have fun."
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CBCC is located at 1860 Twiggs Ferry Road, Hartfield, VA 23071. Turn off Twiggs Ferry Road (Rt. 3), go through the gates, follow the road until the first right. Take that right and straight head is the club house on the right and the courts are on the left. There are mallets in the clubhouse for your use.
1860 Twiggs Ferry Road, Hartfield, Virginia 23071, United States