For an elegant event the next time you're in West Palm Beach, Fla., a little-known gem of a venue is the National Croquet Center. The 4-year-old center is the site of the world's largest dedicated croquet facility, with 12 full-size lawns that can accommodate up to 192 players at one time. The 19,000-square-foot clubhouse has the look of a Florida Keys — style plantation house. And the staff here is expert at hosting groups of 20 to 600 guests for everything from teambuilding events to spouse programs. Corporate clients have included Gourmet magazine and food distributor Cheney Brothers.

The benefits of croquet? Unlike golf, the entire group can play at the same time. Participants need no experience, so it's a level playing field. There's no need to tote any gear; all that participants need are flat, comfortable shoes. And the 16-to-1 instructor ratio ensures that attendees will have hands-on help. For more, visit