Best Croquet, July 2008
The Beverly Hills Croquet Club has been a model of white-clad gentility since the early '80s, playing at Roxbury Park, whose court is mowed to three-sixteenths of an inch and is as flat as a buzz cut. The $200 yearly fee covers membership, training, and equipment use. The club stages traditional matches as well as golf croquet, a simplified version of the game, several days a week. With an upcoming park renovation casting the future of the grounds in doubt, some devotees have begun migrating to Pasadena's Central Park, where a small group recently threw down its wickets at the lawn bowling space.