Come join a nationally-recognized croquet club in Galesville

Welcome to West River Wickets. Competitive croquet is a whole new ballgame. Forget your father's nine backyard hoops. Substitute six metal wickets with limited clearance either side of the ball. Introduce a strategy that is part golf, part pool and part chess. That in a nutshell is six-wicket croquet. Golf croquet is a simplified variant of the game. Together, they have made croquet one of the fastest growing sports in America. It is a fun sport for all ages -- for young and old, men and women and players of all capabilities.


If you think you have the temperament to step up to the wicket, we’ll arrange a simple introduction to the game. For more information, click on ‘Membership’ in the panel on the left.


The club began in a back yard in Galesville in 2005. It now has three lawns and practices are held seven days a week. Members regularly play in regional and national tournaments and an impressive array of trophies is testament to their prowess in United States Croquet Association sanctioned events. In 2016, the club won the USCA National Club Teams Championship in West Palm Beach, Florida. In 2017, with a smaller team, the club placed first in the second division of the tournament. 


Hal Denton (center) and Byron Lee (right) winners of the second flight at the USCA Club Teams Championship in West Palm Beach. Left: Johnny Osborn, tournament director

It is with great sadness that we report that Bill Brewer, the founder of West River Wickets in Galesville, MD, has passed away. He was 94. For those of you who did not know Bill well, he was the life and soul of West River Wickets. The club was born on his back lawn in Galesville. He paved the way for all the good things that have happened to and for the club in the last decade. He was the first from the club to go to school in Florida, one of the first to enter a USCA tournament and a steadfast supporter of the Maryland Senior Olympics. We will miss him.


For West River Wicket shirts, hats and other croquet wear (with logo) visit Marty's Bag Works, 3427 Pike Ridge Road, Edgewater, MD 21037. (410) 956-2869.