ABOUT THE CLUB
The Denver Croquet Club plays and provides instruction for ALL interested in Croquet. The club has new players starting each week and lessons for beginners are FREE.
colorado’s Only Croquet Club Located in Denver’s Washington Park
The Denver Croquet Club is open to any interested person regardless of age or skill. Many members have joined for the fun that croquet provides. The club also has players that compete nationally and internationally in tournaments.
The Greens are jointly maintained by the Denver Croquet Club and the Washington Park Lawn Bowling Club. This joint responsibility (including mowing and upkeep expenses) for more than 30 years is testimony to their dedication.
We have a very busy joint calendar of activities:
- participation of all members, at all skill levels
- instruction to members of the community
- an opportunity to a group that is rarely included in sport – the disabled. Croquet is a sport that is particularly friendly to the disabled including those with impaired vision, physical limitations and dementia/Alzheimer’s.
The History & Early Days of Croquet in Denver
In 1985, six-wicket croquet came to Denver with the vision of Sparky O’Dea who formed the “Park Hill Croquet Club.” They played in Denver’s, City Park on the most level turf they could find until they moved to the grassy center of the big flower garden in Washington Park. While playing in Wash Park, they discovered the fenced Lawn Bowling Green, which was established in 1924. They knew that the New York Croquet Club shared greens with lawn bowlers in Manhattan’s Central Park and thought it would be great to do the same in Denver.
Croquet players, John O’Dea, Sr., Charles Berberich, and Ed Merrill met with the City and pointed out that (in 1985), Denver had 163 tennis courts, 131 soccer fields, 46 football fields, 125 playgrounds, 24 recreation centers, 122 softball courts, 12 senior centers, open spaces for volleyball, one lawn bowling green, and not a single croquet court. The City responded favorably to the request that the Croquet Players be able to share the Green with the Washington Park Lawn Bowling Club.
HOW TO PLAY GOLF CROQUET WITH 4 PLAYERS
Team 1 plays Blue and Black
Team 2 plays Red and Yellow
- One-shot per turn, starting with the blue ball, then red, black, yellow (this sequence is painted on the center peg)
- Mallet must swing between your feet
- An out of bounds ball re-enters on the line where it left the court
- The first 6 points play through wickets 1-6 clockwise (left diagram). The last seven points play counterclockwise (right diagram).
- Wickets can’t be scored going in the wrong direction
- The first ball through a wicket scores that point: once a wicket is scored all play to the next wicket from your current position
- You cannot go more than halfway to the next wicket until the current wicket is scored
- If a player’s ball is beyond halfway (by their own play) without hitting another ball when the wicket is scored, that ball starts at one of the two penalty areas chosen by the opposing team (on the line at the east or west label on the diagrams above.
- The winning team is the first to score 7 points.
* Diagrams originally from United States Croquet Association
A few years later I played my very first game in a very hilly backyard in Evergreen. I knew then I had to play more and found myself standing on the outside of the fence at The Lawn in Wash Park. “Come on in,” said Ron Eccles. I found new friends and new game. Together with Ron, Judy Mackeon, and Charles Berberich I began a Jiminy Wicket Monday Morning croquet program for people living with Alzheimer’s disease, on The Lawn in the summertime and indoors at St. John’s Lutheran Church once Jack Frost comes nipping at our heels.
I started out as a backyard croquet player. My friends knew if they come to my house in the summer croquet was part of it. I meet James at a Halloween Party. He was in has Mad Hatter top hat handing out jiminy wicket cards. We came by the next day and played. I have been part of the club ever since. Denver native, realtor, and artist.
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Let’s Keep the Balls Rolling Together
With the weather we have here in Colorado, there are many seasons ahead of us. We look forward to seeing everyone safely on the lawn.