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Sarasota County Croquet Club: A Fun Way to Enjoy the Outdoors

by Frank Herold
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croquet mallet and balls on grassIf you're looking for a way to enjoy the outdoors, get some mild exercise, and meet new friends, then consider croquet! The Sarasota Croquet Club is home to 200 members and is the largest public croquet facility in the United States. Playing croquet has numerous benefits and there's no better place to play than at this state-of-the-art facility.

 

 

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The Game

Croquet originated in England during the middle of the 19th century. The game today is played with colored balls, wickets, stakes, and mallets. The course is set up in a diamond-style shape and requires strategic movement of the balls through the wickets. There are usually 9 wickets between 2 stakes.

Players take a shot at their ball using their mallet. As players move throughout the court, they continue to take shots with their mallets. This is why the Sarasota County Croquet Club is known as "The Great Shots."

The club helps members understand the rules of play. Players can play individually (singles) or with a partner (doubles). In the case of tournaments, players sometimes form teams.

 

The Benefits

A game of croquet does more than just get you outside—the game is one of strategy, partnerships, and movement. Here are a few of the benefits of playing croquet:

  • Croquet will challenge you mentally and intellectually due to the strategic nature of the game, which requires focus.
  • The exercise is low-impact and easy on your joints. In fact, according to the United States Croquet Association (USCA), players walk an estimated two miles during an average match. The enjoyment of the game makes this an easy two miles.
  • Socialization is a key benefit of playing croquet. With more than 200 members, you're sure to find new friends and croquet partners.
  • Croquet improves your mood and self-esteem. The fresh air, the challenge of the game, and your new friends, all contribute to good feelings on and off the court.

From simple games of "Golf Croquet" to tournaments, there's something for every level of interest. The benefits are priceless when it comes to improving your mind, body, and spirit.

 

The Facility

The Sarasota County Croquet Club features 6 croquet courts and is located in the city of Venice. Annual memberships are available for individuals and couples, which include national association dues. Weekly and monthly rates are also an option.

The club offers free instruction and there are plenty of social events, including the popular monthly potluck at a member's home. As a member, you'll meet people from throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

 

About Sarasota Bay Club

Finding a new place to call home is important. You want to experience a welcoming community that offers plenty of opportunities and convenience.  At the Sarasota Bay Club, you'll feel at home the moment you first visit. Our community has welcomed new residents for years and we work hard to ensure everyone feels at home.

Our location is key to enjoying all the best that Sarasota and the surrounding area has to offer—like that of the Sarasota County Croquet Club. Learn more about us and the region we call home by scheduling a visit today. We're proud of where we live and we love to show people why the Sarasota Bay Club is a great place for anyone to call home.

Scheduling a free tour of the Sarasota Bay Club is easy. Simply call our friendly and professional staff at (941)552-3284 or contact us online. We look forward to showing you the beautiful place we call home. Enjoy sunny skies, camaraderie with new friends, and stretch your legs on a croquet court—this and more awaits you in Sarasota.

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