Croquet is a fun family games that is 2 to 6 players and is very fun and classy, like backyard golf. It does have some preparation and that is what this instructable is about.
Step 1: Mow the grass
This step is so important. If the grass is too tall, the balls will roll too slowly and if its too short, they will roll too fast. I find that 3/4 in to 1 1/4 in grass makes for the best playing conditions. Make sure you have a nice flat and open area to play in as well.
Step 2: Locate a croquet set
This step is flexible, there are many croquet sets that work just fine, but many are cheap and the mallets are very short and difficult to use (me being 6' 2"). Make sure to read the fine print and get the right lengths. My set is old and slightly rusty but works very well. It even has its own kart.
Step 3: Set up wickets and stakes
This is the step where you drive the stakes in the ground and the wickets are put in place. The rough diagram shows the positions of the wickets. The distances can be altered depending on your particular playing field and the types of terrain you are dealing with.
Step 4: Enjoy
You are now ready to play a properly set up game of croquet. I won't explain the rules as there are many versions and alterations, how I play may be different from how you play! Thanks for looking and always, have fun!