Croquet in Stern Grove
Year-round Activities for Individuals and Groups
San Francisco Croquet Lawns:
The croquet lawns in Stern Grave at 19th Avenue and Wawona Street are home to the San Francisco Croquet Club. The club is organized to support the development and maintenance of public croquet facilities for Tournament Croquet and to popularize croquet in the Bay Area. Low annual dues entitle members to use of club equipment and access to free classes and tournaments regularly scheduled year-round at the Stern Grove lawns.
The San Francisco Croquet Club was the first U.S. Croquet Association club in Northern California when founded in 1981 and has become a widely recognized model for the development of public and membership programs and event formats.
The San Francisco Croquet Club is a nonprofit 50l(c)3 public benefit corporation chartered to promote the sport of croquet locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Members of the club created and manage the award-winning CROQUET WORLD ONLINE MAGAZINE, which sets the world standard for comprehensive coverage of the sport.
Lawn Parties for Corporate and Social Groups
The club produces popular three-hour lawn parties at the Stern Grove lawns for up to 50+ people, tailored to the client's requirements. These events can be scheduled for any time of year, but most are in the May-through-October "dry season." The game played is Golf Croquet doubles - fast-paced, interactive, and learnable in minutes. The club provides a complete program - all the equipment setups, instruction and demonstration games, and court referees at the ready to answer questions and offer advice. Cost of the lawn party is $15.00 a person. There is minimum charge of $150.
The most popular format features a multi-tiered elimination tournament, allowing winners to advance to more difficult games, while losers have a chance to play against peer-level opponents. Because so few people are familiar with the professional equipment and settings, everyone starts out at the same level as novices - which makes for an ideal mixer. And because croquet doubles calls for sophisticated partner communication and cooperation in plotting winning tactics and strategy, these events can be model team- building exercises. Croquet has been called "the ultimate social calisthenic." But the pace is easy, the tone is social, and the accent is on "serious fun." Flat shoes are required.
The enclosed lawns, flanked by pine and eualyptus, are a perfect setting for outdoor catering - typically a luncheon buffet or afternoon tea - with abundant courtside seating on the grassy berms (Clients provide their own catering.)
With world-class equipment, fast lawns, and an unequaled coach-to-player ratio, these lawn parties for croquet novices rival the offerings of the West's best croquet resorts. The club can also design a croquet program for an offsite venue of your own choosing.
The club offers a free curriculum built around the first three Saturdays of each month to instruct and encourage novice members. Membership is available at several levels.
REGULAR MEMBERSHIP: $180 a year, $15 per month. It includes all club privileges, voting rights, and USCA membership.
AFFILIATE MEMBERSHIP: $50. For students, non-residents, or those with primary membership in another USCA affiliated croquet club. Except for students, residents of San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Mateo counties are not eligible for this category.
LIMITED MEMBERSHIP: $75. Includes Tuesday Midweek League and invitations to special events.
Perhaps because of its public, high-profile location, the SFCC has attracted a number of young and disciplined players. Among the top players who learned the sport in San Francisco are Wayne Rodoni, national champion in both singles and doubles; John Taves, champion of the U.S. Open and twice winner of the San Francisco Open and other major tournaments; and Carl Hanson, winner of the San Francisco Open in both 1997 and 1998.
Contact the San Francisco Croquet Club at Sfcroquetclub@yahoo.com.