Cleaved between the Pacific Ocean and the foothills of Santa Ynez Mountain, Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club is among the oldest polo facilities in the U.S. The Club was established in 1911 and quickly became a focal point of competition and social interaction. In fact, by the 1920s, spending Sunday at the club had already become a celebrated social event. Visitors would don the latest fashions and picnic at the fields, some even hiring helpers to assist with the noonday meal and deliver jokes during intermission.
Although some conventions have changed, the club retains its reputation as an elegant destination to enjoy the “Sport of Kings.” It features a trio of world-renowned polo fields, plus eight tennis courts, a fitness center, and a pool for recreational use. The club still draws some of society’s most noble figures, too—Prince William and Catherine visited during 2011, a trip that saw Prince William compete in a charitable match.
Officially opened in July 1962, Village Country Club incorporates the natural beauty of Northern Santa Barbara County?s wine country as its backdrop. Towering oaks and pine trees play a starring role throughout the course, especially on the 10th hole. There, a stately oak stands right in the middle of the fairway, marking the course's signature challenge and the location of its treasure chest of golden golf balls. At the 16th hole, meanwhile, an elevated tee tempts players to let it fly, all while avoiding a lake and brook running the length of the hole?s left side.
Next to the course, club visitors can practice on the driving range or at a practice green outfitted with a sand bunker. Or, they can step away from golf altogether by taking a dip in the pool and hitting the tennis courts?each of which remains open year-round.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Total length of 6,546 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 71.5 from the back tees
Course slope of 128 from the back tees
Four sets of tees per hole
Authorized dealer for HEAD/Penn Racquet Sports, fully equipped Pro Shop (racquets, shoes, shirts, skirts, socks, grips, strings, hats, wristbands, headbands, tennis balls, vibration dampeners, head and lead tape and gifts), racquet stringing (the some day service), grommets replacement (for all Head racquets) and grips repl