For those of you who have never heard of Croquet Golf before, let this be your introduction to an activity you can enjoy for many years to come! It’s tough to describe it just as a sport because it really is more than that. Croquet Golf adds a great dynamic to parties or family gatherings because of its versatility along with the entertainment value (you’ll get a feel for what I mean after seeing the pictures below!)
We are thrilled to share Bill Dugdale’s new business venture, Nine Holes Anywhere with our readers! Bill’s website just went live today and it looks great! It gives the reader a perspective of the game of Croquet Golf that is simple and definitive. Here, you can learn the ins & outs of the game and while you’re there, order anything from a custom Croquet Golf set designed and manufactured in his Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania shop to a set of croquet golf flag-pins, individually equipped with bottle openers…how convenient! What a great gift for the holidays!
Q & A with Bill Dugdale of Nine Holes Anywhere:
Who started Croquet Golf?
My father and uncle created Croquet Golf in 1969. My uncle Geordie Laird made the first mallets strong enough to handle the full golf swing.
Since your dad and uncle play croquet golf, I’m assuming you started playing fairly young? I’m sure it was a fun bonding experience learning from them and their cronies.
Unfortunately, my uncle Geordie was killed in a car accident when I was very young, so I never got to play croquet golf with him. I remember him well though and remember watching him with tools and thinking he could make anything. Croquet Golf is and has been a great vehicle for bonding. I remember all the kids following the men around and playing our first rounds. Last spring we had three generations playing in the Founders Tournament at my house. It was such a special day. It definitely hit me then how much other families would love this game if they had the equipment.
Tell me a little about the sport… (e.g. the course, how many per team, a few rules…)
Croquet Golf is more like traditional golf than traditional croquet, but the portability of the sets and durability of the mallets allow you to play in your own yard, in the park, on the beach, etc… AND there are no greens fees. A Nine Holes Anywhere set comes with everything a foursome would need to play 9 holes. I like to set up my courses with all par 3s. A typical hole can be 20-75 yards in length depending on the terrain. I also like to create interesting obstacles like avoiding a fox den or teeing off atop a hay bail. A friend’s course recently had a chute that launched the ball toward the pin if hit just right.