Golf Croquet: 2023 courses

One-to-one coaching with Cliff Jones
Tuesday 18 April 2023 –
course full, witing list in place

Start the season by booking an hour (or more!) of individual tuition with Cliff, one of the foremost croquet coaches in the country. Use the time to work on any aspect or aspects of croquet technique, mindset or strategy that you choose. This is open to both AC and GC players. Please contact the Course Secretary to discuss timings and costs.
Cost: POA.
Course code C1. Coach: Cliff Jones

Become a qualified GC Referee
Wednesday-Thursday 19-20 April 2023

Referees make an important contribution to the game; becoming a CA qualified referee requires commitment and a thorough and secure understanding of the GC Rules. Participants will be sent some preliminary material to study. The course then runs concurrently with So You Think You Know the Rules of GC, which finishes at lunchtime on the Thursday. The final half day is devoted to assessment time for the referee qualification – both indoors (written) and outdoors (practical decision-making). A subsidy of £25 per person may be available for CA members: please discuss with the Course Secretary.  Some Federations may also offer further support.
Cost: £65.
Course code GCR. Course leader: Cliff Jones

So you think you know the Rules of GC?
Wednesday-Thursday 19-20 April 2023
– course full, waiting list in place

Being clear about some of the trickier aspects of the Rules is an essential foundation for secure play. This one-and-a-half day briefing should appeal to GC coaches, but also more widely to club committee members and GC players with a sound working knowledge of the GC Rules. The course runs concurrently with Become a Qualified GC Referee, finishing at lunchtime on the Thursday to allow assessment time for those continuing to the referee qualification.
Cost: £30.
Course code RGC. Course leader: Cliff Jones

Strokes and strategy for developing GC players
Saturday 22 April 2023 – course full, waiting list in place

At the heart of succeessful croquet is identifying the best move in a given situation, then knowing precisely what to do to achieve accurate results with every shot. The day looks in close detail at exactly how to do it: each part of each shot is looked at closely and reinforced with detailed guidance and ‘how to’ checklists. This practical one-day course is aimed at players with GC handicaps between 4 and 9; players outside this range may also be considered. Develop your confidence, improve your consistency and move your GC play to the next level! A PDF of a comprehensive Handbook by Cliff is included; printed copies will be available to purchase on the day at cost price.
Cost: £35.
Course code SSG. Coach: Cliff Jones

Back to Basics
Wednesday 10 May 2023 – course full, waiting list in place

Getting the basics right can make all the difference to your game. This practical one-day course is designed to help you understand the principles of a good stance and grip, how to play roquets or clearing shots, and how exactly to master hoop running. AC and GC players will then be coached separately in shots specific to each game. The day will be largely outdoors and will offer plenty of opportunity to put principles into practice. The day is for both AC and GC players and is for players of all abilities. Get your technique right and start being a winner!
Cost: £35. Course code BB. Course leader: Alan Locket

Classic Golf Croquet skills and tactic
Saturday 13 May 2023 – course full, waiting list in place

This one-day course is for high handicap and higher-handicap Golf Croquet players around the handicap 10-16 range who want to develop their understanding of the basic tactical moves; would like to know how to play accurate clearances, jump shots and so on; and want to run hoops successfully. The day will look at the classic tactical shots, the skills required, and principles of tactical play, while also moving towards some of the more advanced aspects of play.
Cost: £35. Course code CS. Course leader: John Crossland

Golf Croquet skills and tactics in practce
Sunday 14 May 2023 – course full, waiting list in place

This course complements the course on 13 May and, similarly, is for high-handicap and higher-handicap GC players around the handicap 10-16 range. The day will centre around a series of coached games, with players grouped by handicap and with coaches taking opportunities during play to discuss technique, tactics and available options in situations arising in each game. You should be familiar with basic technique and classic tactical moves such as clearing, blocking and promoting, and now would like to develop your understanding of how these and other moves can best be put to work in practice..
Cost:£35. Course code GS. Course leader: John Crossland

Become a CA Club-Level Coach
Saturday-Sunday 20-21 May 2023 – course full, waiting list in place

This two-day course, led by the author of Complete Croquet, is for both AC and GC players aiming to develop their coaching skills and seeking CA accreditation to coach within their own club. Coaches also find that coaching others can help them significantly develop their own game. To complete their qualification candidates go on to coach five sessions at their own Club. You are expected to have a working knowledge of the Laws of AC or the Rules of GC. A subsidy of £25 per person may be available for CA members: please discuss with the Course Secretary. Some Federations may
also offer further support.

Cost: £65.
Course code CC. Course leader: James Hawkins

Learn Short Croquet in one day
Tuesday 13 June 2023

This one-day course is open to players of both codes, but should appeal particularly to GC players who want their skills to give them a head start in Association Croquet. It is also for coaches looking for a straightforward way of introducing this accessible version of AC into their own clubs. The day covers distinctive aspects of the AC game including croquet shots and building a break; it offers a full introduction to Association Croquet and aims to help participants play with understanding and pleasure. The day will include guidance on how the skills of AC can be easliy learned, a supported game, and plenty of opportunity for individual help and guidance.
Cost: £35. Course code SC. Course leaders: John Harris and Dave Hudson