Croquet club gets more greens
The recently established Heretaunga Croquet Club, which is the largest croquet club in New Zealand, has been given almost $25,000 to develop extra lawns at its grounds along Napier Road in Havelock North.
The money comes from the Eastern and Central Community Trust (ECCT), which says the club facilities are used every day by club, community and school groups, with play going on most of the year.
The club is amerger of the Hastings and Te Mata Croquet clubs, with amembership of 120. Both association croquet — which is the more traditional style of game — and the faster golf croquet, are played and taught at the club.
“The money from ECCT is absolutely wonderful,” says club president Dave Ward.
“We can now put together a timetable and begin levelling, sowing, irrigating and fencing the expanded area over the next six weeks and hope the new lawns will be ready for play by Labour Weekend,” he says.
The latest project will add two new lawns to the existing seven and the club has a five year development programme to revamp the facilities to eventually provide a clubhouse.
HIT PARADE: Erica Stephens and her father Tony Stephens playing golf croquet at Havelock North.