The East Dorset Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club – founded in 1909 – is set in a secluded five-acre site close to Poole Harbour and the renowned Sandbanks peninsula. It has a reputation for being one of the largest and friendliest clubs in the area and is solely managed by its members.
The EDLT&CC Bridge Section is equally renowned for its tea breaks! We believe that this has created an atmosphere, unique in the area, where members come to enjoy playing bridge together.
Non-members may visit the Club up to four times a year on Monday evenings or Friday afternoons and are welcome to attend any of the Bridge courses.
The Club plays Chicago and Duplicate Bridge; Rubber Bridge is no longer played as it has become an unpopular format at this and many other clubs. Monday evening is for pairs Chicago and Duplicate, alternating each week. Wednesday evening is Duplicate for pre-arranged partnerships (owing to its popularity, non-members may not attend). Friday afternoon is cut-in Chicago but with an emphasis on tuition where players are encouraged to ask for help and guidance with their bidding and card play.
From time to time we offer a variety of courses, open to all. Currently, it is planned to restructure the popular ‘Back to Basics’ series in a much improved format, followed later by courses on more advanced bidding conventions. Now entitled ‘Better Basic Bridge’, these courses are designed to reinforce proper bidding and card play technique for those who may have recently learned Bridge, or who have played for some time but feel their Bridge needs improvement or refreshing.