For the past decade, The BHI Croquet Club has utilized a Croquet Professional to help the croquet club players improve their game and expand the croquet program at the Bald Head Island Club. We are lucky to have Jeff Soo, a world-class croquet player, join us every couple of months throughout the year. Jeff has created a multi-faceted teaching program based upon the skill level of our players and the development needs of the club. His lessons cover both Golf Croquet and 6-Wicket play. He offers individual lessons, group clinics on various techniques and oversees coached games. Each session with Jeff is followed by an individual recap of the lesson which Jeff emails to each student. Our weekly court schedule of games offers ample practice time to apply what we just learned.
As a teaching pro Jeff is active and instrumental in working with the club and the USCA organization to attract other players to the BHI courts. Bald Head has hosted the NC State Singles tournament multiple times as well as the Solomon Cup which is an international tournament. He has also brought demonstration play to our courts which is exciting to watch.
Lessons with Jeff are open not only to BHI Croquet Club members but also to any BHI Club Member. In an effort to get BHI Club members who currently do not play croquet involved in the game, the BHI Croquet Club will advertise the dates of Jeff’s visits to all members of the BHI Club. Any club member is welcome to sign-up.
For more information on lesson schedule and rates please contact Kay Menk.
In addition to Jeff Soo’s teaching schedule, we offer court time with our club members. If you are interested, contact the Golf Shop and they will connect you with a Croquet Club member who will be more than willing to introduce you to this exciting game.
Club Pro Bio
Jeff Soo took up competitive croquet as a player in 1994, and as a coach, referee, and tournament director in 1996. As a player he has won twelve USCA national championship titles, and has been selected to the United States Croquet Team ten times, three times as Team Captain. As a tournament director Jeff has managed events at club, state, regional, national, and world level. As a coach he has given clinics and private lessons throughout the southeast and as part of the USCA Schools program. Jeff is a USCA Class I referee and has taught and certified many referees.
Jeff is married to Eileen, a computer scientist and also a keenly competitive croquet player. They live in Durham, NC. When Jeff is not playing or teaching croquet he is a freelance web developer.