Croquet originated in Europe a few centuries ago. It's a fun outdoor game where players drive wooden balls through a course of wickets or arches by hitting them with long-handled mallets. The first player to hit the last set of arches wins, so it's essentially a race to the finish. Croquet is a popular game world wide with men and women of all ages and can easily be adapted to your backyard. All you need to play this inexpensive game is a croquet set consisting of arches, wooden mallets and colored plastic or wooden balls. You can then set up the course to fit your yard's dimensions by embedding the arches into the ground. Croquet sets can be found online for between $30 and $100.