The Rules of Golf Croquet

Rules and Official Rulings

Golf Croquet is played in accordance with the WCF Rules of Golf Croquet ("the GC Rules") subject to any Official Rulings and Commentary.

The latest version of the GC Rules is the 6th Edition, which was approved on 7th March 2022.  The rules can be downloaded here: WCF GC Rules 6th Edition.

A navigable version can be found on the England Croquet Association website: Navigable 6th Edition Rules

The Introductory Statement and a document outlining the differences from the 5th Edition, can be found here:

WCF GC Rules 6th Edition - Comparision with 5th Edition

WCF GC Rules 6th Edition - Introductory Statement

Links to the previous edition can be found in our Archive posts https://worldcroquet.org/5thedition-gc-rules-published/

Administration

The GC Rules are the responsibility of the WCF's Golf Croquet Rules Committee ("GCRC"). The GCRC is also responsible for publishing Official Rulings and Commentary. The scope and operations of the GCRC are set out in WCF Statute 133. The GCRC consists of five voting members appointed by the WCF Members for Australia, Egypt, England, New Zealand and the United States. Up to two other voting members may be elected by other WCF Members. A non-voting member is appointed by the WCF Management Committee .

Members are appointed for a term of four years and are eligible to be re-appointed for one further term of four years.

The current members of the GCRC from 1st January 2020 are:

Australia: John van der Touw
Egypt: Amir Ramsis
England: Stephen Mulliner
New Zealand: Brian Boutel (Chairman)
United States: Jeff Hill
Spain: Alfonso Urbano
MC non-voting Member: Hal Denton

History of the Rules

Golf Croquet ("GC") is known to have been played in England since the early 1900s.  Although there were separate GC tournaments, It was generally regarded as a minor variant and its rules were published as an appendix to the Laws of  Association Croquet.  Following the discovery of highly skilled GC in Egypt in the 1980s, GC began to attract increasing interest and support in other countries.  The WCF took responsibility for drafting modern GC Rules.

The WCF GC Rules Committee published the First Edition in 2000 and followed this with further editions in 2005, 2008, 2013 and, most recently, the Fifth Edition in 2018.