Playing at Old Grammarians

From 6 June we will be able to play at Old Grammarians on one temporary lawn

Lawns must be booked in advance – see Lawn Booking page
Visit the News page to see any updates

Refer to Lionel’s newsletter or
download here

Until the OG’s club re-opens toilet facilities are not available


1. Wash your hands and clean any equipment you use, such as hoops, balls and club mallets, before and after you play. Clean padlocks, keys and door handles and trolley handles before and after use. A bucket with soap and hand sanitiser is kept next to the trolley to enable players to wash equipment and there is an outside tap on the wall at either corner of the clubhouse building. Use only soap and water for equipment washing, sanitiser has a detrimental and damaging effect on croquet balls. Hand drying towels are not provided, if you think you need one you must bring your own. There are outside water taps at either extreme corner of the clubhouse when facing the entrance doors. When setting out and taking in a court, only one person should handle any particular hoop or the peg. 

2. Only pre-arranged games, coaching or individual practice are permitted, not roll-up or public sessions. There should be no more than four players on a court for play: either one game of singles; two, double banked, games of singles; or one game of doubles.

3. All players must keep 2m apart at all times unless they are in the same household. Particular care should be taken in all doubles, including alternate stroke Association Croquet and in Golf Croquet games. Do not shake hands before or after a game.

4. Only use the court booking system rather than turning up in the hope of being able to play or practise. The lawn booking system is there to avoid congestion and to facilitate contact tracing if necessary.

5. Guests, visitors or spectators cannot be accommodated unless under special circumstances.

6. Avoid the need to share  mallets. Club members are allowed to borrow one for a while and take it home. If you do so please put your details on the form near to the mallets and inform Nick Evans.

7. Do not go to the club if you are experiencing any symptoms of a cold or flu, in particular a cough or high temperature. Use the NHS helpline and seek advice. For your own protection, follow the advice about self-isolation if you are, or are living with, someone in one of the vulnerable groups.

8. Dress appropriately prior to travelling to the club, rather than changing there.

9. Bring any food or drink you might need.

10. Do not use corner pegs/offside markers or flags (unless needed to secure string boundaries). Players should agree the score at the end of each scoring turn. Personal counters should be used to keep count of bisques/extra strokes. When playing AC you must always play with the same colour clips for the duration of all games on the day and not touch any others. Prior to leaving ensure that clips are washed.

11. Use your feet, rather than hands, to position balls where you can do so with sufficient precision, including when moving or replacing balls from a double-banked game. If playing Association Croquet, handle only your own ball(s), not those of your opponent.

12. Players should be their own Referees and acknowledge faults and errors if they occur.

We are a friendly club with a wide range of players of all abilities. Croquet is a very social game and many friends have been made throughout the club. Croquet is a game that can be played at all levels – competitively or just for fun!

New members are always welcome, and all members have the use of all equipment and access to coaching from our more experienced players.

Club afternoons Tuesday and Wednesday – suspended during Covid 19

Play usually starts after midday. Members may just turn up and are expected to mix in. The afternoon is organised by a senior club member. The types of game may be Association, Short or Golf croquet. At least one lawn is reserved for Association croquet.

On Tuesday the focus is on Golf, and Wednesday, on Association.

If a pre-arranged game needs to be played during a club afternoon, i.e. a tournament match, please consult the senior club member on the day.