Croquet by the Bay

Croquet is a sport steeped in history and a popular pastime for residents of the Hamptons, which is why it’s also the perfect addition to Palm Lake Resort’s Beachmere location.

PALM LAKE RESORT Beachmere Bay takes its style cues from the elegant Hamptons. A beachside New York treasure oozing grace and ease, it’s little wonder that the residents of Beachmere would also request a very Hamptons-esque sporting facility for their location: croquet courts. Palm Lake Resort is renowned for designing and constructing high-class, award-winning homes and facilities so in true Palm Lake Resort fashion, the twin croquet courts will also be built to the highest possible quality. They will be available for the use of residents of both Beachmere Sands and Beachmere Bay locations.

“We’re really excited,” Beachmere Sands resort manager Jenni Martin says. “Our communities are all about activities and it’s something we have been wanting to do for a while, after numerous requests from residents. The area has been leveled and grass seeding has taken place. There will be two full-size championship croquet courts with real grass, built to an exacting professional standard and ready for play ASAP.”

Creature comforts haven’t been overlooked either. There are plans for outdoor spectator seating, a covered area and barbecue facilities.

“The Palm Lake Resort tradition of long afternoon get-togethers with some friendly rivalry and a cold drink or two will continue with a whole new opportunity for fun,” Jenni says.

The croquet courts will add to the growing list of amazing facilities here. With an undercover championship bowling green, tennis courts, workshop and four-hole golf already at the resort – plus indoor and outdoor pools, spa and sauna, bowling alley, luxury cinema and a proposed new golf course coming soon – there will never be a shortage of things to do here. And with the $3 million extension to the lavish Sands Clubhouse, Beachmere really is proving the place to be.

“Our resort’s ethos is ‘Time for you’ and, with all these facilities, our residents can almost lose themselves here,” Jenni says.

Palm Lake Resort Beachmere Sands resident Paul Lupi is a croquet enthusiast. His partner Chris has been playing the sport for 40 years. Paul says there’s quite the contingent of croquet players already living at the resort. He says handy residents have already taken it upon themselves to construct croquet mallets, hoops and equipment trolleys in anticipation of the courts’ completion.

“There is definitely a fair amount of interest in the game here,” he says. “We are looking forward to playing on the courts two or three days per week as well as hosting local competition matches between the two Beachmere resorts and even the local Bribie croquet club, once the courts are ready.”

According to Wikipedia, the oldest document to bear the word “croquet” with a description of the modern game is the set of rules registered by Isaac Spratt in November 1856 in London.


Get your game on!

  •  The game of golf croquet is played by striking a ball with a mallet. It is played as either doubles with four players or singles with two players. In doubles, one side of two players plays with blue and black balls (or green and brown) and the other side with red and yellow (or pink and white), each player playing only one colour.
  • The object of the game is for each side to cause either ball of its side to run hoops in a specified order. A point is scored for the side whose ball first runs the hoop in a set order.
  • A match is a contest for the best of one, three or five games of seven, 13 or 19 points. Each game ends as soon as one side (the winner) has scored a majority of the points to be played.
  • There are six hoops set out in formation across a standard court. Teams must hit a ball through each hoop, in a set order of play.
  • The balls are played in the sequence blue, red, black and yellow. If the alternative colours are being used the sequence is green, pink, brown and white. After whichever ball was last played, the next ball in the appropriate sequence is known as the
    striker’s ball, and the owner of that ball is the striker.
  • Two games may be played simultaneously on the same court, normally using alternative coloured balls or striped balls. If this is done, all players are to be aware of the other game and are to try to avoid any conflicts.