At my club
(RSGC) most players come to croquet because they
have become too old or infirm to play the other
sports on offer and there has been a history of
older players sitting on the sidelines
enjoying/appreciating the lush green grass of the
lawns and so refusing to allow them to be cut
shorter. The lawns were cut at grass tennis court
length – 6 or 7mm - and generally
played at 7 seconds. I damaged my wrists trying to
do rolls and no players developed touch play skills.
I had no idea there was a reason other than
octogenarian (and nonagenarian) delight at grassy
It took me 7
years to get the groundsmen to cut the lawns lower.
It was the same reason – the blades needed to be set
lower and the unions prohibited the groundsmen doing
this so a mechanic had to be called from the golf
course workshop for each change (croq and tennis
lawns are mowed every day). We got a new course
superintendant who arranged a new mower immediately,
lawns now 10-11 seconds, ancient players at the club
now developing skilled
(and we have some very old/infirm) can now get to
hoop 2 from 1, or from corner 4 to hoop 1. I am able
to do the AC 2-3 split from south of hoop 1. Now
that the lawns are shorter and faster we suddenly
have a Div 2 pennants team instead of all GC players
languishing in the Div 3 squad.
leads to more skill, more fun, fewer injuries. I
vote for a new mower.
Currently we pay to have our (Jamberoo CC)
croquet lawns mown by the
adjacent golf club greenkeepers who have set
their mower ( a Toro
Greensmaster Triflex mower) for an 8 mm cut.
At least one other club in
our area cut their lawns down to 5 mm which
means that their lawns are
somewhat faster than ours.
The Oxford croquet web site indicates that a
croquet lawn should be cut
to 3/16 inch (just under 5 mm) but they use
Fescue rather than Couch
grass and so I would be interested to know
what cutting height other
Australian clubs are using for their lawns.
The golf club sets their mowing height for
their greens and wont change
it for our lawns and so we are considering the
possibility of buying our
own mower so we can set the cut height to suit
ourselves, but we need to
know whether it would be worth changing.