Our History and the Opening of
Our New Court
Ed Gardella located a potential court site at Sandwich Hollows Golf Club. Together, Ed and Bill Day explored the possibility of establishing a croquet court with the golf club administrators.
The concept was enthusiastically received and plans began to develop a croquet club. Ed, Bill, and Dave Polidor, SHGC Golf Course Superintendent, identified a site and measured out two courts.
Still uncertain of its future, the Sandwich Croquet Club was launched on May 3, 2011, when an informal group of seven winter-hardened souls met for a bone-chilling afternoon of play on the new courts.
Word quickly spread, and through the hard work and enthusiasm of its members, the club grew to twenty-four members by the end of its first season and over 30 in 2012.
The Heritage Croquet Club loaned equipment at the beginning, and soon equipment began to be purchased, lessons were provided, and two golf croquet tournaments were held.
Fund raising efforts and a growing membership helped to provide the club with further needed equipment. Volunteers built and provided a picnic table with umbrella, deadness boards, mallets, clips, and wickets.
A steering committee of some of the club's early members formed to develop a program, provide ongoing leadership and begin long term planning. They included: Ed Gardella, Bill and Grace Day, and Bob and Nancy Spalding.
Before the first season had ended, the golf club's administrators had identified a prime site, and approached the croquet club to build a full-sized croquet court. Working together with John Johnson, Director of Golf, the club developed a contract with the Town of Sandwich to move forward as an established part of the Sandwich Hollows community.
Through the extraordinary generosity of the Crowell Construction Company and the financial support of many club members, a full-sized championship croquet court was excavated, leveled, and set for planting by December 2011. During 2012 club members and the staff at Sandwich Hollows Golf Club watered the newly sprouting grass, often daily.
Finally, in early September of 2012, the gorgeous new court was ready for play with a grand-opening tournament and much celebration.
The club now has a new full sized court, which can be split into two half-size courts, plus we have the two smaller courts. This means that currently we have enough space and equipment for 32 people to play at one time.
In 2014 through 2016, we played on the new courts, and as the grass matured, they became better and better. We sponsored several tournaments, adding a 6-Wicket American Croquet Tournament to our regular roster of Golf Croquet competitions. We invited players from other clubs, including some ringers who joined in snapping up the prizes. We also began playing some 9-Wicket Croquet, sometimes referred to as backyard croquet and which shares elements of Golf and 6-Wicket American Croquet.
We had several instructional presentations by Bob Kroeger with strong attendance.
In 2016, we amended the bylaws to best fit the evolving club.
So please come join us for all the fun!
Copyright 2012 Sandwich Croquet Club
Design by Peter Owens
Last revised 4-2-2017