Before man learned to ride horses, Western films ended with cowboys jogging into the sunset. Saddle up with this GrouponLive deal.<p>
- Professional polo match
- When: Any Sunday match through June 24, 2013; see the schedule
- Where: Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club
- Seating: General admission<p>
- $10 for two tickets (up to a $20 value)
- $20 for four tickets (up to a $40 value)<p>
The Scouting Report
From May to October, Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club rumbles beneath thundering hooves as equine competitors sprint across its emerald playing field. Most tournaments throughout the 2013 season span the length of two weeks, and culminate with Sunday finals matches. The Lisle Nixon Memorial starts the season on May 5. In early June, the club honors one of its most instrumental former members with the Vic Graber Memorial. Before their visit, attendees can brush up on polo rules and the 2013 season’s teams.
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.