Press release: GC World Championship Royal Opening

HRH The Duke of Gloucester is set to come to Sussex in July to open the 2019 Simon Carter Golf Croquet World Championships. The Duke will travel to Southwick near Brighton to officially open the Championships at the Sussex County Croquet Club (SCCC) on Friday, July 26th. The tournament is expected to be the largest World Golf Croquet Championships yet with 80 of the world’s top players competing for titles. Twenty countries will be represented and Britain will be led by its youngest ever captain, 24-year-old J-P Moberly.
Play will take place over nine days – from Saturday, July 27 to Sunday, August 4 – at four venues in Sussex and Kent, including the main venue at Southwick. The four venues are:
• Sussex County Croquet Club in Victoria Road, Southwick.
• Royal Tunbridge Wells Croquet at Calverley Grounds, Tunbridge Wells.
Compton Croquet Club in Compton Place Road, Eastbourne.
• The West Worthing Croquet Club in Titnore Way.

Players will be competing from countries including the USA, Australia, Egypt, New Zealand and South Africa, and several European countries including Belgium, Germany and Portugal. The current World Champion, South African Reg Bamford, will be defending his title and Egypt’s runner-up Ahmed Nasr will be attempting to regain the title he won previously in 2004 and 2008.
The main games will be held at the Sussex County Croquet Club with the final taking place on Sunday 4th August starting at 9:30am. One of the oldest and largest croquet clubs in the world, the SCCC has 11 full-sized lawns.

Entry to all venues will be the cost of a £5 Championships programme (see below for further details).

Hosted by The Croquet Association (of England), the tournament is sponsored by British menswear brand Simon Carter with stores in London and Brighton’s North Laines. “As a passionate player of the game, I want to share my love of croquet with the wider world,” said Simon Carter.

A rapidly growing sport, Golf Croquet is undergoing a surge in popularity especially amongst the young. Known for its shorter games and faster play than traditional croquet, like 20/20 Cricket it is easier to understand and exciting to watch, combining tactical play with spectacular shots.


• Spectators: At Sussex County Croquet Club and Eastbourne’s Compton Croquet Club there will be plenty of space so visitors are encouraged to come as small groups or even as coach parties. Parking provision will be made at both venues for cars, mini buses and coaches.
At Royal Tunbridge Wells and West Worthing due to space limitations we may have to restrict the number of spectators.
Those planning to visit are encouraged to bring their own seating. Catering facilities will be available at most locations. Fuller details will be published on this website nearer the event

• Links to Wimbledon’s All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club – Sussex County Croquet Club: Founded in 1869 by Henry Jones and John Hinde Hale, the club was originally based outside The Royal Pavilion in Brighton, moving to its present location in 1901 where its first annual tournament was held in the presence of The Duke of Cambridge.

​Jones and Hale were also involved in forming the All England Croquet Club. That club later became the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, and is, of course, today known as the world famous All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

• Full information about the event:

• For further media enquiries contact:
Linda Gavigan – PR Officer
GCWC2019 Organising Committee
Sussex County Croquet Club
Tel: 07890 027385