This marks the fifth anniversary for the Palm Beach County Summer Golf Croquet League. To celebrate, the National Croquet Club is expanding the format to 96 teams, from 56 teams in 2012. To accommodate that many players, the traditional five-week schedule of Tuesday night pairings will be joined by a five-week schedule of Wednesday night pairings.
League play begins Tuesday, July 16 and Wednesday, July 17 and runs every week through Tuesday, Aug. 13 and Wednesday, Aug. 14. A sixth Tuesday evening, Aug. 20, will be added for the finals, pitting the Tuesday winners against the Wednesday winners.
Each year, participating teams come from all around Palm Beach County. They’re made up of family members, friends or business associates. Many entrants are croquet beginners. All are required to register a name for their team. An award is given each year to the team with the most innovative name.
This year, teams can register in the beginner, intermediate or championship flights. Certificates will be awarded for winners and runners up in the beginner and intermediate flights. Medals will be awarded to the first and second place finishers in the championship flight.
Golf croquet is the easiest version of the game to learn and to play. Complimentary teaching and practice sessions will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, June 22, June 29, July 6 and July 13 at the National Croquet Club.
Spectators will be welcome at the National Croquet Club to witness any or all of the league matches at no cost. For more info., call (561) 478-2300, ext. 3 and ask for Marie.