Croquet Lessons


Background


For the past decade, The BHI Club has utilized a Croquet Professional to help croquet players improve their game and to 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.  His lessons are open and available to any BHI Club member interested in playing the game.   Jeff has created a multi-faceted  teaching program targetted to various skill levels and coaches beginners as well as more seasoned players.   Each session with Jeff is followed by an individual recap of the lesson which Jeff emails to each student.  The weekly croquet court schedule offers ample opportunities for practice.  
  

Lessons


In conjunction with the BHI Croquet Club, Jeff presents a week-long agenda of learning opportunities.  His lessons are designed for both Golf Croquet and 6-Wicket play.  The topics of his lessons vary, including:   rules of play, shot-making techniques and game strategy.  He offers several different teaching formats, as well: 

  • individual lessons,
  • group clinics, and
  • coached games  

His teaching style is relaxed, and encouraging.  You will leave the court with a smile!


Jeff’s 2020 visit schedule and lesson fees are available through the Recreation Department (rdimm@bhiclub.net) and will be advertised to all members of the BHI Club in advance of his visits.   Any BHI Club member is welcome to sign up.

 

Mentors


In addition to Jeff Soo’s teaching schedule, we offer court time with the Croquet Club to help newcomers get started.

A Croquet Club mentor can meet you out on the courts for some one-on-one time learning the fundamentals of Golf Croquet.  You may select a time convenient for both of you and have a private session.  If you are interested,  contact the Recreation Department rdimm@bhiclub.net and they will connect you with a Croquet Club member who will be more than willing to introduce you to this exciting game.
 
In addition, the Croquet Club gathers for Open Play Time every Sunday morning at 10:30. Players of all skill levels are on the courts.  Newcomers are always welcome to join in with the Golf Croquet players.  Meet us at the court pavilion.
 


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 the 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.