"Croquet is Wicket Fun at Meadowood" – by Susan Cohn

Susan Cohn’s column, “Susan’s Travels, Tours and Trips” in the San Mateo Daily Journal, takes a good look at a (new to her) sport. Here’s the lead:
“There’s a stylish, low-impact and definitely addictive sport that you can play with your friends, taking breaks only for a sip of champagne and a nibble of hors d’oeuvres. What is this recreational wonder? Answer: Croquet. The general principles of the sport may be familiar to many from their youth: hitting colorful wooden balls with a mallet through hoops (also called “wickets”) embedded in grass. The croquet offered at gracious Meadowood resort in the Napa Valley wine country town of St. Helena is the more fashionable cousin to this well-loved childhood game. Players wear crisp regulation croquet whites (mandatory attire on the course), white collared shirts for men, white shirts for women. White or light beige pants or shorts and flat-soled shoes are required. The Meadowood croquet lawns are immaculately manicured grass, with a finish resembling the surface of putting greens. And the backdrop is a serene wooded 250 acre valley dotted with the resort’s gabled lodges and cottages.”
To read more, click on:  http://www.smdailyjournal.com/article_preview.php?type=arts&title=Susan’s%20Travels%20Tours%20+%20Trips&id=1756733


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