Croquet and the snowbirds

By Beldon Butterfield

The snowbirds from the frozen north have finally dug out of their driveways and hopped on the next plane to Mexico. Naturally I’m referring to the Canadians. Being good Canadians, they play, while they still can, ice hockey, but when they get older they take up curling, and when they come to Mexico, they play croquet at the only Croquet Club in all of Latin America. For those who are not aware this club exists here in San Miguel, it’s probably because you spend most of your life visiting the wrong venues. Everyone knows it has been a cold winter, but for Canadians our cold spell is their spring break.

The garden variety of croquet versus the game played according to the rules of the United States Croquet Association can be likened to playing sandlot baseball compared to the major leagues. When one starts to understand the meaning of a croquet shot versus a roquet shot, not to mention the difference between a take-off and a split shot, then you start to realize there’s more to the game played on your back lawn years ago. Then, of course, there are all those other shots such as full rolls, half rolls, etc. People with a background in golf and billiards will adapt quickly when it comes to skill and technique. If you play chess, this will help your learning curve when it comes to strategy. The better players will insist strategy is more relevant than skill and technique.

The San Miguel Croquet Club has two pristine putting-green-quality-courts. When you get tired of following a little white golf ball constantly lost in the rough or blaming your tennis racket for all those missed shots, join the croquet club and get a chance at hitting a real ball.

For more information, contact George Mauze: or Harry Van Dyne:


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