What Is Extreme Croquet?
Extreme croquet is quite simply croquet on steroids.
It is an outstanding challenge to any player. It is not played on lawns, but out in the wild. Easy courses can be laid out
in a field, more challenging ones in a park. But to be a real aficionado, you have to take to the mountains or the skies
The field for extreme croquet
is laid out like regular croquet, but the similarities end there. Extreme croquet is best played where the natural lay of
the land provides an extremely difficult terrain. Gone are the manicured lawns of turf grass. Here, the gullies, rocks and
natural obstacles provide the crucible for champions. When playing in the air, it is advisable to use flying carpets for the
wickets, as it makes them a little easier to see.
Extreme croquet normally demands heavy duty equipment. The mallets
used in regular lawn croquet are relatively flimsy, and are easily broken or shattered. It's not even uncommon to shatter
a ball in extreme croquet. The mallets for extreme croquet are usually made with heavy-duty handles, and plastic or composite
heads. Many players wrap their handles with various materials for grip or comfort. Here, in Wizard’s
Thatch, however, we find part of the challenge being to use lawn croquet equipment in the most extreme circumstances!
You can of course learn a lot more about Extreme Croquet wither by clicking the links above, or by reading
Extreme Croquet - How To Handle Your Flamingoes
available from the Academy Library & Bookshop in Stratford upon Avon, or by phone: 01789 290969