ABOUT US: We are a private club located just south of Jacksonville, in Ponte Vedra Beach. Our club is home to the best members around! Croquet is a fantastic alternative to the traditional games of golf and tennis; both of which can be hard on the body over time. Through the demanding starts, stops and pounding of tennis and the twisting requirements of golf, Croquet offers a much lower impact option that involves just walking, bending from the waist and swinging a roughly two-to-three-pound mallet between your legs to hit a one-pound, solid plastic ball. It builds balance and laser-focus! It can be highly competitive, strategic, skillful and mentally stimulating in a friendly and casual way. You will make many new friends not only in our club but also in the clubs we visit for our Interclub Play. All of these characteristics are proven to benefit your health, mental acuity and longevity.
Whether a traditional, year 'round player or just beginning, you'll enjoy your time here either being challenged by the members who are thinkers of this game or relaxing with a great group of friends over a casual game of one shot. This game is for the young or old alike -- male or female -- literally for anyone! It can be highly competitive, playing in frequent tournaments throughout the US and internationally (if you're willing) at the finest clubs and resorts or just for fun for a little relaxation. Our club meets other clubs for Interclub Play throughout the year for those who are interested. Our busy season is from January through April.
We are sensitive to our younger members who work or have children (with schedules) and offer court time for those who can meet after work or school. As a member, your club is always open to you if you'd like to come over and practice. They say practice makes perfect! We are a group of people who love getting together in the Florida sunshine; laughing and truly enjoying the comaraderie of the group we call the Ponte Vedra Croquet Club!
This club also has a social aspect as well and frequently hosts Aprés Croquet, Aussie Barbeque, Easter, Thanksgiving and other events where we as a club get together for a game of Croquet and genuine fun!
Our four, three-quarter size courts on our South Lawn, provide ample space to learn, compete or share. We have three additional courts that can be set up on the North Lawn of the pavilion.
These courts are adjacent to our pavilion that houses 5 full-sized garage doors (three on one side and two on the other) that can be opened to allow nearby ocean breezes to blow through or closed for inclement weather. It has a cozy feel to it and houses several comfortable chairs and tables that provide a unique and rustic feel. This building is just as unique as our membership!
Our pavilion can be used for social gatherings and activities and is capable of accommodating a fun sized group.
Croquet offers a group of people the ability to meet others, share conversation over an outdoors game that doesn't require twisting, jumping, rotation of the torso or shoulders, etc. Croquet is very low impact, much like Tai Chi that encourages balance, keeps you active and offers several opportunities for fun times with a group of people that actually care about each other. - Founder John C.
"I can be very social and very competitive at the same time without hard feelings." - Member Joanne L.
"I enjoy the social aspects and a little friendly competition!" - Member Judy C.
"You can literally learn the various formats, each of their rules, the various hitting styles and what each accomplishes, how to proactively swing the mallet for the best connection with the ball and so on! Croquet is as challenging as you make it which is fun and keeps my mind active which is great at any age!"
- Member Lloyd H.
Ponte Vedra Croquet Club
Founded by 2006 Hall of Fame inductee John Curington, the Ponte Vedra Croquet Club offers the sport of Croquet to all ages. The draw of Croquet is due to its gender-neutral, ageless and friendly competition that features a low impact exercise option for those who have a hard time twisting (Golf) or running and hard pounding stop & go (Tennis).
Croquet gently encourages and builds balance as well as laser focuses mental acuity! Skill & Strategy are only two levels that Competitive Croquet offers. There is also a vast social aspect as well. Our facility is designed to make every level of player feel at home. Thanks to John Curington there are enough courts to practice on and to have individual or small group instruction without interfering with ongoing games.
The clubhouse has a deck overlooking our three full-size courts on our North Lawn. The South Lawn boasts four three-quarter sized courts. Inside the clubhouse there are restrooms and a lounging space with all of the creature comforts of home. Handicap ramp and restrooms are available. Our pavilion, which sits adjacent to our South Lawns, provides a rustic space that offers shade and comfortable seating.
"I like how this game combines strategies, skills, friendship and social activities!" _ Member Anita H.
"I love this game and Club because we are totally gender neutral."
- Member Sandy H.
If you are interested in learning more about who we are, where we are located or are interested in learning more about the competitive aspect of Croquet, you are invited to join us either on Wednesday mornings (9:30 a- 12 p) or Saturday mornings (9:30 a - 12 p). If neither of these times work for you, please email us at email@example.com and one of us will respond to you to set up a more convenient time. Thank You!
"I appreciated when Lloyd introduced me because I was new to the area and didn't really know anyone. And then I really got caught up in the game because of the strategy. I realized the ball is only 3 5/8 inches and the wicket's jaws are only 3 3/4 inches! That doesn't leave much room to whack the ball through! You've really have got to step up to the challenge. It's not as easy as you'd think." - Member Woody W.
We Celebrate The Sport Of Competitive Croquet Where Skill & Strategy Make Things Fun!
"There's skill, strategy and fun with friendly people who are all rooting for you!" -Member Dana