Ending up with a title is the ultimate goal of anyone who has ever played pro sports or poisoned a king. Dream big with this GrouponLive deal to see a polo match at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get admission for two (a $20 value)
- For $20, you get admission for four (a $40 value)
The final tournaments of the season include the USPA Presidents Cup from September 20–30, the USPA Wickenden Cup on October 4–7, and the Last Chance Tournament on October 11–14. Gates open at 11 a.m. or noon, depending on the match. See the full tournament schedule with game times here under Upcoming Events.
During the final three tournaments of the 2012 season, horses barrel down Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club's 300-yard-by-160-yard field in gripping polo matches. Tournament matches and practices held throughout the week culminate in Sunday finals matches, where the champions will earn United States Polo Association–sanctioned cups and feedbags filled with gold coins. Six hundred fans pack the grandstands, and the full grounds—including lounge areas—house 3,000 spectators. Attendees can brush up on the rules of polo and scope the teams beforehand to prepare for the action.
The polo field and sprawling grounds at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club host amiable members and first-time guests alike, drawing such notable spectators as Prince William and Catherine. The polo field, as large as nine football fields, allows visitors to kick back along the sidelines. The club’s Centennial Café, open only on Friday and Sunday and headed by chef Dave Mertens, quells afternoon appetites with sandwiches, salads, and burgers.
Though Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.¬
Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club
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.