N.J. has the nation's oldest croquet club, and its roster of players is growing (PHOTOS)

N.J. has the nation's oldest croquet club, and its roster of players is growing (PHOTOS) ...

Quite quietly, dressed in all-white clothes, she hurled her opponents ball across the field. Victory, at a historic club in New Jersey, is filmed at the club.

The Green Gables Croquet Club claims to be the nation's oldest croquet club and calls the National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt home.

This year we have 80 members and the largest group of newcomers that we've ever had, says Karen Leoncavallo, Tournament Director for the club.

Everyone says they played the game as a child and it is an easy game to play, according to Leoncavallo.

Croquet is a game played on tv where bright colored balls are driven through wickets by hitting them with sledgehammer.

Wickets are made of steel, not little wires, and they (wickets) are extremely unforgiving and narrow. Leoncavallo added, "The ball and maybe a dime can pass through at id time."

The standard court measures 105 feet by 84 feet.

The United States Croquet Association sanctiones four different games: Golf Croquettet, American Rules Six-Wicket, Association Play, and Backyard Nine Wicket.

Many of our new players prefer Golf Croquet because it is the easiest to play when you are just beginning, but even in this situation, there is a great contrast in playing between the pros and the recreational players, she added.

Four individuals may play solo or with two sets of partners each playing one of the four balls. Golf Croquet is scheduled for a certain time every day on the fields, with pickup games scheduled at certain times.

Mary McLaughlin told her opponent Chuck Reynolds, Great shot, in their match in a very warm late August sun.

Don McLaughlin swung his mallet between his legs and drove his blue ball across the grass and through the wicket in one shot.

The dress code for this dress is white clothing, shirt, shorts, skirt, socks, and shoes.

The fields are near the ocean, well-manicured, and they have hosted the Golf Croquet Pro Tour Championship in 2021.

Green Gables has three fields set up to play and offers lessons. The club has mallets and balls for new players, but the majority of players bring their own mallet.

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Ed Murray can be reached at (866) 972-5437. emurray@njadvancemedia.com .

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