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Croquet Makes a Comeback

Long thought of as a boring old pastime for British royals on holiday, the distant cousin of golf has become the game du jour in the Caribbean, with courses cropping up at posh hotels everywhere from Antigua to Nisbet. But nowhere is its resurgence more noteworthy than at the just-opened Somerset on Grace Bay on Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. This spring the resort—which boasts super-spacious suites of up to five bedrooms and swimming pools brilliantly outfitted with underwater music—will launch "extreme croquet"(which, surprisingly, is not something the Somerset made up but rather an underground phenomenon with devoted enthusiast clubs). The beachside course features moving wickets and water challenges that are certain to make old pros wince and competitive types cheer. Fortunately for traditionalists who aren’t enticed by the smaller-than-usual wickets and formidable course terrain, a classic croquet course sits on a manicured lawn just yards away. From $650; 649-946-5900; thesomerset.com.