The easiest way to explain this is the fact that we don't have a yard, but we do have a croquet set. So where can we play? Yesterday morning we headed out into the fog and found a nice spot on Sand Island.
It's a nice beach, but a tough course. The sand offers little resistance, and a bit too much oomph will send your ball all the way across the course, if not into the water. The slope is slight, but a ball in motion tends to keep going. We decided that a little "landscaping" would be okay.
We'll keep experimenting with courses and perhaps adapting rules for the terrain. It was great to have a game, but a little more paddling would have been nice too; it's tough to do it all.