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kitchen and a wet bar for social gatherings. According to John Priest, club vice presi- dent, the social side of croquet is a wonder- ful part of the sport. He says he constantly meets delightful and interesting people at the social gatherings as well as the games at the CBCC. In addition to the soon-to- be completed clubhouse, the group has facilities for as many as 120 members and guests for sit-down dinners, dancing and other events. The meals that are served at various events will always include local seafood as a choice for dinners, as well as home-cooked breakfasts and courtside lunches every day. To play croquet, there must be grass. Not just any grass, but grass that is highly manicured to a point of perfection in ex- cess of even some of the finest golf course greens. Croquet also requires the courts to be level. CBCC first removed all the trees from the proposed two-acre field, then called a ground-leveling contrac- tor to use a special bulldozer that is laser guided to bring the ground to a level of plus or minus one-quarter inch. Once level, the ground had to be planted with a special grass to achieve the carpet-like croquet court surface.


White encourages those who feel they might have an interest in playing the modern six-wicket game of croquet to stop by the club on a Wednesday or Sunday afternoon. He promises to provide interested people with a brief summary of how the game is played and get them involved in a doubles game with an experienced player who acts as coach. The coach will provide the beginner a hands-on demonstration of how to hit the various shots of croquet and guide the new player through a game or two of real croquet. The club endeavors to provide a fun atmosphere where beginners will not feel pressured. They will have fun while learning what the various croquet terms are about, as well as how the game is played and basic shots like a “roquet” and a “croquet.” The club will provide the professional-quality mallets needed and of course the “wickets” or hoops through which the colored balls will be hit. White contends that you cannot get any sense of how intriguing and excit- ing the game of croquet is until you have actually had a mallet in your hands and played the game several times. He says that the American version of croquet is a faster game than what is played in


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