Swedish Golf Croquet Open
July 27-29, 2018
The Stavstorp Croquet & Tennis Club invites you to play in the third annual Swedish Golf Croquet Open Championship. The tournament will be played at the Stavstorp Lawns in Eskilstuna on Friday thru Sunday July 27-29.
The tournament will start on Friday afternoon at 14:00 and continue until Sunday evening. The final is expected to finish around 17:00 and will be followed by a prize ceremony.
Participation is limited to 24 players. There will be a group stage played in 4 blocks of 6 players followed by a knock-out and plate. All block matches will be one 13-point game. Knock-out matches, as well as bowl/shield/7th place will all be best of three 13-point games. The plate will be played in 4 blocks followed by semi-finals and a final. All plate matches will be one 13-point game. The format guarantees all players a minimum of 8 games.
The format will be adjusted if fewer than 24 players participate. Play will be double banking on 4 lawns.
Enter by e-mailing CroquetSweden@outlook.com. Deadline for initial allocation is March 14.
Sweden has 6 places for the players that organize the tournament.
For international players, there is an initial allocation on March 15. Entries received by March 14 will be accepted as follows:
o The highest ranked player from each country that has applied in descending order by world ranking as of March 14.
o Then the second highest ranked player from each country will be accepted in descending order and so on. This will ensure that all countries that are interested in participating have the ability to send roughly the same number of players.
International players can continue to apply for any remaining places from March 15. Applications will be accepted in order received up to a country maximum of 6 players.
Additional Swedish players and players from countries that have reached their maximum can submit their name to a waiting list. Any remaining places will be allocated on April 30 from the waiting list in a similar fashion to the initial allocation.
Deadline for any remaining places is on July 15, even if the event is not full to allow time for adjusting the format.
Norway GC Open (August 3-5)
Swedish GC Open and Norway GC Open are held on consecutive weekend for the convenience of international players that are interested in participating in both. There will also be a trophy for the player that has the best combined result in the two tournaments.
The driving distance between Stavstorp and Myhrene Gård (location of Norway Open) is 427km / 5h15min. Flying from Stockholm to Oslo takes 1h and there are many flights daily. It is also possible to take the train from Eskilstuna or Stockholm to Oslo and then continue on from there.
Swedish AC Open (July 31-August 1)
This year there will also be a Swedish AC Open. The tournament will be played over two days, on Tuesday and Wednesday, in the week between the two GC Opens.
This event will be part of the European Masters competition.
SEK 700:- Lunch, coffee, tea and soft drinks are included on Saturday and Sunday. Non-playing guests that want to eat and drink pay 150:-/day.
A dinner will be held on Saturday evening for players and guests, either in Eskilstuna or at the Croquet Club and will be paid for separately.
Rides can be provided to and from the lawns for players that are staying in central Eskilstuna and don’t have access to a car.
Participants in Swedish GC Open 2017 Top 3 Finishers 2017
1st – Joakim Norbäck, Sweden
2nd – Lewis Palmer, Sweden
3rd – Jonatan Andersson, Sweden
Stavstorp Croquet Club 59°25'59.9"N (59.433306)
Stavstorps 10 16°26'06.0"E (16.435000)
635 03 Eskilstuna
There are 4 airports within a 2 hour drive from the Croquet Club.
Arlanda – 150 km
Bromma – 122 km
Skavsta – 95 km
Västerås – 48 km
Arlanda is the major airport to which most airlines fly. Bromma is primarily a domestic airport but has few international flights as well. Skavsta and Västerås service some low cost airlines.
The easiest way to get to the Croquet Club is to rent a car at the airport and drive. It is also possible to take a bus or train from the airport to either Stockholm or Västerås and then take the train to Eskilstuna. A pick-up can be arranged at Eskilstuna Central Station if necessary.
If you are flying out on Sunday evening, try to book as late flight as possible to give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport after the end of the tournament.
There are several hotels in central Eskilstuna, a 15 minute drive from the lawns. You can find them on booking sites such as https://www.hotels.com/.
There are some cottages for rent within walking distance from the lawns that house four people each. You have to bring your own linens and bathrooms are shared in a separate building. Their website is (http://solvik.kfum.se). You can e-mail booking inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is also a campsite close by where you can rent a cottage or set up a tent or caravan. This is their website: Mälarbadens Camping: http://www.malarbadenscamping.se/
Other campsites can be found here: http://www.camping.se/
Please e-mail Joakim Norbäck at CroquetSweden@outlook.com if you have any questions.