Grace Bay Beach Activities

Turks and Caicos activities: Play croquet

Turks and Caicos activities: croquet
Enjoy croquet on the Provo’s only regulation-size croquet green

Coming soon – “White on White” croquet at the Somerset.

Wear white and drink fine white wine while and treat yourself to a game of croquet on Provo’s only regulation-sized croquet lawn.

Let the Somerset team teach you the game and challenge other guests for the title of Croquet Pro. Stay tuned for more info.

In the meantime, let’s learn a little more about croquet.

The term “croquet” is only just over a hundred years old. and the term dates back to the 1870s, when the game first gained popularity in Britain. However, the game was played in England as “pall mall” for several centuries before that; pall mall dates back to at least the rule of Charles II.

The rules are pretty simple: use a wooden mallet to hit wooden (or, more recently, plastic) balls through hoops on a carefully tended, lush green lawn.

At the Somerset at Grace Bay, we play Association Croquet:

Association Croquet is played with four balls; black and blue versus red and yellow, on a court containing 6 hoops and a centre peg (see diagram below, dimensions in yards). The game can be played as singles or doubles, each player in doubles playing with a particular ball throughout the game.

Each ball must run the set course, going through each hoop twice in a specified order and direction and then hitting the peg. The side which first completes this course with both balls wins the game.

A ball scores a hoop point when it passes right through each hoop in its correct order (runs a hoop) in one or more strokes. Points are scored whether the ball is struck directly with the mallet or with another ball.

There are actually amateur croquet leagues around the world, and, as you might expect of an English summer sport, participants generally play wearing white.

So, if you’re up for a challenge and want to have some fun in the sun on our beautiful, green croquet lawn, pack your dress whites and come prepared to play.

For more Turks and Caicos activities for families, please contact the concierge at the Somerset on Grace Bay.

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