Rottingdean Croquet Club was formed in 1987 by well-known and respected local residents, Janet and John Leech, who accepted the opportunity of creating a one court club when the Kipling Gardens was first laid out under the direction of the Rottingdean Preservation Society.
The award winning Gardens are now administered by Brighton and Hove Council Parks and Gardens Department and are an oasis of calm and beauty in the middle of historic Rottingdean. They have views of Beacon Hill with its iconic windmill and are surrounded by well-known local landmarks of St Margaret’s Church, Rudyard Kipling’s house “The Elms”, the village green and pond.
Rapidly after its formation the club ceased needing to advertise
for new members. It has a playing membership limit of 50 and this
is always filled, with a waiting list at the start of each season.
It is very much a local club with membership drawn mainly from the
Rottingdean, Saltdean, Ovingdean area and contact is made simply
by personal recommendation!
The Club has an active, friendly and lively membership kept occupied with In-House Association and Golf Croquet competitions throughout the season, and a number of random “Fun” events take place to encourage friendly competition.
Being restricted by just one court, Home matches against other clubs is limited to two or three friendlies each year: mostly Golf Croquet. However, every season for many years, the Club has been an active participant in a number of CA and SECF Association and Golf tournaments at Sussex County Croquet Club. The most popular being Ladies Day, Golf Teams Day, and the 14 Point Doubles over the August Bank Holiday.
The Club is fortunate to have within its membership, one qualified Golf Croquet Referee and three qualified coaches, who provide friendly and relaxed coaching sessions in both Golf and Association two afternoons for most weeks throughout the season.