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.

 

West River Wickets is holding free introduction to croquet sessions for members and beginners on Saturdays, at Hal's lawn, 246 Mill Swamp Road, Edgewater, MD 21037 from 10 am (weather permitting).  Players 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, follow. Call Jay Graham 443 850-6520 jay@grahamlandarch.com . Bring your friends!

 

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 and 2019, with smaller teams, the club placed first in the small club division of the tournament. 

 

For more information, click on ‘Membership’ in the panel on the left.

 

 

Congratulations to Bobby Pittman (right) who received the Wayson Trophy for 2018 for her "dedication, diligence and devotion" to West River Wickets and the sport of croquet. The presentation was made by Cynthia Chess who won the trophy in 2017. Cynthia also deserves congratulations for winning third flight at the Sarasota County Croquet Club Jones Invitational in Sarasota.

Congratulations also to Hal Denton and Tom Stoner who carried the flag for West River at the United State Club Teams Championships. They finished third in second flight doubles which earned enough points for WRW to win the Lyons Trophy in the small club category. Calvert Chaney was second in championship B singles at the PGA Peyton Ballenger Invitational at Palm Beach Gardens. Eugenia Wilkie took second place in second flight doubles at the same tournament. Hal Denton was runner up in the Steuber Classic (golf croquet) at the National Croquet Center. 

 

For West River hats, shirts and other croquet apparel, visit: Marty's Bag Works, 2824 Solomons Island Rd, Edgewater, MD 21037