Golf croquet has a long history, starting in the middle of the 19th century. However, the modern game is a direct result of re-discovering croquet as played in Egypt. The Egyptian game developed from traditional croquet played during to strong British presence. When Britain withdrew the clubs were taken over by enthusiasts who created new and more exciting ways of playing the game. Even today, the Egyptians can be said to have the strongest and most skilled list of national players.
The game is played as singles or doubles. One side having the blue and black croquet balls and the other having the red and yellow. The sequence of play must be blue, red, black and yellow. A point is scored when a ball goes legally through a hoop. That is, in the correct direction and without a fault being made. After a point is scored all balls are then directed at the next hoop, and so on. Usually over 13 hoops it is the first side to gain seven points that wins. However, sometimes the game is played over 19 hoops and the first to ten points is the winner. Shorter games are also played. There is a handicap system (extra turns can be allowed per ball) so that newcomers can compete directly with more skilled players. The rules of golf croquet are relatively simple. Play the correct ball with a clean hit by the mallet head and there should be no complications! However, play the wrong ball, double hit the ball or crush a ball against an hoop upright and the laws come into play.
Both sides are on the lawn at the same time. If the game is played in a competitive format it can be quite seriously played. If the game is played in a social context, it is much more relaxed. Most croquet players play the game in a polite and ethical way since there is an agreed code of conduct. It is an amateur sport with a Croquet Association and various Federations. midSuffolk Croquet belongs to the East Anglian Croquet Federation and will shortly be joing the Croquet Association. Sometimes two games take place on the same lawn. In which case the secondary game takes the colours green, pink, brown and white. The centre peg indicates the order of ball play.
Gold croquet is played in countries such as England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Germany, France, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, South Africa, Australia, new Zealand, USA, Egypt, Latvia, and Spain.
10-10 is a version of golf croquet in which each side is limited to just ten minutes actual play. This game is lively since players go briskly to their ball, take the minimum time to line up, and shoot quickly to make the best use of time.