Come join a nationally-recognized croquet club
Welcome to West River Wickets. Competitive croquet is a whole new ballgame. Forget your father's nine backyard hoops. Substitute six metal wickets with limited clearance either side of the ball. Introduce a strategy that is part golf, part pool and part chess. That in a nutshell is six-wicket croquet. Golf croquet is a simplified variant of the game. Together, they have made croquet one of the fastest growing sports in America. It is a fun sport for all ages -- for young and old, men and women and players of all capabilities.
If you think you have the temperament to step up to the wicket, we’ll arrange a simple introduction to the game (see below). For more information, click on ‘Membership’ in the panel on the left.
The club began in a back yard in Galesville in 2005. It now has three lawns and practices are held seven days a week. Members regularly play in regional and national tournaments and an impressive array of trophies is testament to their prowess in United States Croquet Association sanctioned events. In 2016, the club won the USCA National Club Teams Championship in West Palm Beach, Florida. In 2017, with a smaller team, the club placed first in the second division of the tournament.
West River Wickets won the Interclub Championship Trophy at Merion Cricket Club Pennsylvania in April, 2017. The seven-member team collected 16 points --10 more than the second club! This is the third time WRW has won this trophy.
West River Wickets is holding free introduction to croquet sessions this spring. The first is on Saturday, May 19 at 10 am. 246 Mill Swamp Road, Edgewater, MD 21037.
Players will receive basic instruction on using a mallet, striking the ball and making wickets. Games of golf croquet, one of the most popular forms of the game, will follow. The sessions will be repeated on subsequent Saturdays.
Galesville-based West River Wickets is a nationally recognized competitive croquet club and its members appear in USCA sanctioned tournaments from Florida to Maine. To enroll, email the coordinator Jay Graham at email@example.com
Hal Denton (center) and Byron Lee (right) winners of the second flight at the 2017 USCA Club Teams Championship in West Palm Beach. Left: Johnny Osborn, tournament director
For West River hats, shirts and other croquet apparel, visit:
Marty's Bag Works, 2824 Solomons Island Rd, Edgewater, MD 21037