Though now enshrined as one of high society's most popular games, croquet struggled for centuries to separate itself from plebeian pastimes such as synchronized dumpster diving and speed bindle wrapping. Aim for the wicket with today's Groupon at the National Croquet Center near the Trump International golf course and the Palm Beach Zoo. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get a one-month intro croquet membership (a $100 value).
- For $60, you get a four-person croquet party (a $120 value).
One of the largest croquet facilities in the world, the National Croquet Center boasts 12 full-sized lawns spread across 10 verdant acres for year-round play. The one-month intro membership gives players the opportunity to sample mallet whacking’s greatest pleasures with all the benefits of a full membership, including unlimited playtime and access to all necessary equipment such as balls, hoops, and chain mail. Membership also includes free participation in clinics and social events, such as Twilight Croquet.
Croquet lawn parties pit friends, foes, and Cheshire cats against one another in a greensward battle royal, settling grudges or establishing roommate dominance in the morning-shower-order hierarchy. The center provides all parties with all necessary equipment and instruction if needed, as well as the party’s own playing lawn. Combine up to four Groupons to host parties of up to 16 players for extended family tournaments or recreational grand-jury outings.
Guests can rest their weary toes in the 19,000-square-foot clubhouse while sipping on a cocktail from the full bar or taking advantage of the 10 percent member's discount on a-la-carte food and beverages at the Croquet Grill. A full wraparound veranda offers players enviable views of in-progress games or lessons conducted by head pro and seven-time national champion Archie Peck, as well as an endless circuit of discovery for croquet-loving amnesiacs.
National Croquet Center
The National Croquet Center invites visitors to take in relaxing bouts of competitive croquet, dine with friends and family, or celebrate weddings and special events amid the elegant lawns and clubhouses. From the time French peasants began whacking wooden balls with simple mallets in the game's early days, to the modern matches of also whacking wooden balls with simple mallets, croquet has been enjoyed across all ages and social classes. Rather than hosting informal matches on bumpy patches of backyard, the National Croquet Center maintains professional playing grounds, with laser-level 105'x84' putting grounds, a pro shop, and a stately Caribbean-style clubhouse. Wedding guests dance and celebrate in candlelit dining rooms and verdant lawns, while players hungry from hours of rolling balls through wickets gather at the Croquet Grille for high-class luncheons.