WCF 6th Edition Golf Croquet Rules now published

The WCF Management Committee are pleased to report that the 6th Edition of the WCF Golf Croquet Rules was approved by the required two-thirds majority, with 50 votes in favour and no votes against.

The new Rules will come into immediate effect for WCF Events. They can be found here: WCF GC Rules 6th Edition - Final 7.3.22

They can also be found on this website on page: The rules of golf croquet

The WCF Management Committee wish to express their thanks to the members of the GC Rules Committee for the many hours of hard work spent updating these rules.

GC Rules 6th Edition – Consultation Draft published * Interim Update 22-12-21 *

** Update ** 22nd December 2021
The GC Rules committee has shared an interim update of the proposed changes, following feedback received so far through this consultation. The Interim Update document below includes a Changes Log and the Rules in the form that will be submitted to Members for approval in due course if no further changes are thought necessary.  The Rules are also fully commented in the text to explain the reasons for each change.

The purpose of sharing this document now is to allow further feedback to the WCF GCRC before the consultation closes on 15 January 2022.

Your attention is also drawn to the fact that the WCF GCRC will not reach a final view on the responses to the two Consultation Questions concerning Rules 5.1 and 10.5 until the end of the Consultation Period.  The draft alternative wordings are on page 45 of the Rules section of the Interim Update document.

6th Ed public consultation Rules Version 21Dec21 Interim Update

Original Post
The WCF Golf Croquet Rules Committee has published a Consultation Draft of the proposed 6th Edition of the WCF Rules of Golf Croquet. The relevant documents are:

6th Ed public consultation_Introductory Statement
6th Ed public consultation_Rules
6th Ed public consultation_Comparison with 5th Edition
6th Ed public consultation_Consultation Questions

Comments on the Draft are welcomed from all interested parties and should be made via your Governing Body or its Golf Croquet Rules Committee.

The Consultation Period ends on 15 January 2022 and it is hoped that the final form of the 6th Edition will be in place by early next year.



New Handicap Calculator – now available in Global Resources

Thank you to Brian Wainman for developing this Handicap Calculation tool.

By entering the type of game, such as GC 13pt or AC Handicap, and each players handicaps, the tool will quickly work out how many bisques you should have in AC handicap, how many extra strokes in GC handicap and the winner and loser points impact when playing AC advanced games.

Click here> https://chc.eu.pythonanywhere.com or access it from the Global Resources page of the WCF Website.

The operation of handicap systems is a matter for individual national governing bodies, however this calculator is believed to work in most WCF Member countries.

Brian welcomes any feedback or ideas for further development. Please contact him directly by email:  wanderingwainmans@blueyonder.co.uk





Laws of Association Croquet

The 7th Edition of the AC Laws was approved by the WCF Council on 24 January 2021.

Association Croquet is played in accordance with the Laws of Association Croquet ("the AC Laws") which are published by the World Croquet Association.

As well as the 7th edition laws, two other documents have been published to assist players and referees in applying the new Laws.

Laws 7th Edition

Introductory statement Laws 7th edition

AC Laws 7th edition Changes log

The 6th Edition of the AC Laws may be found here and the Official Rulings that supported the 6th Edition may be found here.

Swiss Tournament Management Spreadsheet

Tournament Management Spreadsheet

This a macro-driven Excel spreadsheet designed to assist Tournament Managers to run both formal and flexible Swiss tournaments.

It generates automated pairings, lawn allocations and results tabulation. Formal Swiss pairings are in accordance with the CA Tournament Regulations.

There is also an auto-management mode to allow the players to manage, whilst the Tournament Manager plays!

Download the spreadsheet: Swiss Tournament Management Spreadsheet v.6.2

The following documents may also be downloaded: 


I am having problems downloading the spreadsheet?

As the spreadsheet contains macros you may have have to amend your virus software settings to allow it to be downloaded.  For example, With Norton anti virus software, Excel can give a 'file corrupt message' if opened automatically after the download but opens it OK if you subsequently manually open the file from your download directory.
How do I contact the developer?
Send an e-mail to secretary@worldcroquet.org

AC Laws Committee


The Association Croquet Laws Committee ("ACLC") was established with effect from 1 January 2017 to replace the International Laws Committee ("ILC").

The ILC was established in 2001 to have general responsibility for the administration of the Laws of Association Croquet and to make rulings with the approval and on behalf of the governing bodies of croquet in Australia, England, New Zealand and the United States of America ('the Four Governing Bodies' or '4GB').   Such rulings are published in the Official Rulings on the Laws of Croquet ("ORLC").

The ACLC consists of four voting members each of whom is nominated by one of the 4GB and a non-voting member appointed by the WCF Management Committee.

Its terms of reference are set out in Statute 132.

The current members of the ACLC were elected on 31 December 2020 and are:

Australia:         Liz Fleming

England:          Ian Vincent (Chairman)

New Zealand:   Graeme Roberts

USA:               Martyn Selman (tbc)

In addition, the WCF MC is entitled to appoint a non-voting member.
WFC MC: Stephen Mulliner (until his retirement on 31st August 2021).

Golf Croquet Rules Committee


The Golf Croquet Rules Committee ("GCRC") consists of seven members.  Five are appointed by the largest WCF Members, namely Austrlia, Egypt, England, New Zealand and the USA.  The other two members are elected by the other Full and Associate Members.

The terms of reference of the GCRC are set out in WCF Statute 133.

The current members of the GCRC are:

Australia:         Bernie Pfitzner

Egypt:             Amir Ramsis

England:          Stephen Mulliner (also WCF MC appointed member)

New Zealand:   Brian Boutel (Chairman)

USA:               Jeff Hill

Others:            Georg Dej

What is Golf Croquet?

What is Golf Croquet?

Golf Croquet (or "GC") is the simple form of croquet that forms the basis of many people's experience of the popular garden game.  There are no bonus shots - each side plays alternate strokes and each tries to be the first to score the next hoop.  This gives GC an interactive and social aspect that makes it a more accessible game than its more traditional cousin, Association Croquet (or "AC").

AC is based on break play (like snooker, billiards and pool) which can mean that one player can spend a lot of time sitting down, unable to do anything to influence or interrupt the striker's progress.

Picture: /infra/golf.gifThe course and lawn bearings

The opposing sides each have two balls: Blue and Black against Red and Yellow. Each side may be one or two people (i.e. singles or doubles). Each side plays alternately in rotation: blue, red, black, yellow, as shown by the sequence of colours from the top of the centre peg.

Each turn consists of one stroke only: no extra turn is gained by running a hoop or hitting another ball (contrary to Association Croquet). To start the game, toss a coin. The winner of the toss plays Blue and Black, and Blue always starts.

The opening strokes are played from within one yard of Corner IV (nearest hoop 4), and the players aim to run the hoops in order from 1 to 12. The winner is the first to reach 7 points. A deciding hoop (hoop 3 again) is run if the scores are equal after 12 hoops, making 13 in all.

To score a point, a ball must run completely through the hoop in the correct direction. A ball has run a hoop if you can slide a straight edge down the front of the hoop without touching the ball. It may run the hoop in more than one turn, or be knocked through by another ball. If a ball should go through two hoops in order in the same stroke, both points are scored.

The side that first gets a ball through Hoop 1 scores that point and then all balls go onto the next hoop in order (i.e. Hoop 2). All players always contest the same hoop.  A player may play towards the next hoop before the previous hoop is run. However the opponents may ask that any ball more than halfway towards the next hoop when the current hoop is actually run, is brought back to a penalty spot halfway down the east or west boundaries.

A ball that goes off the court is replaced on the boundary where it went off but may be temporarily moved if it interferes with the playing of another ball.

The striking of the ball in a turn must be a clean, single hit; there are a number of faults that a player may make when striking the ball. These are listed in the detailed rules. After a fault, all balls are replaced in their positions before the faulty stroke and the player loses that turn.

If a player plays a ball other than the one they should have played and it is noticed before the opponent plays, the balls are replaced were they were before the erroneous stoke and the same player then plays the correct ball.

There is an exception when a player plays their partner ball.  In this case, the other side can either have the balls replaced (as just explained) or can decide that the stroke should stand but the balls of the offending side are swapped.  The other side plays then plays the next stroke.  See the Wrong Ball rule (Rule 10) in the Rules for more details.

Handicap Play

To allow evenly contested games between players of different abilities the weaker player is given a number of extra strokes that can be taken at any stage of the game. However a hoop may not be scored for the player's side in an extra stroke.