Polo's roots lie the ancient age when centaurs wore collared shirts and settled territorial disputes with fast-paced matches of croquet. Enjoy the evolution of stately sports with today's Groupon: for $50, you get a two-hour introductory polo lesson (up to a $300 value) at Overbrook Polo Club in Wagener. Buyers also receive a 2011 membership to the United States Polo Association (up to a $150 value, for up to a $450 total value).
Led by professional polo players, the Overbrook Polo Club matches mares with mallets on its verdant field at Overbrook Farms. The two-hour introductory lesson pairs students with one of Overbrook's trained steeds (though experienced equestrians are free to bring their own horse) and equips them with a helmet and mallet. The curriculum varies based on each rider's ability and expertise, ranging from instruction in distinguishing saddles from office chairs to fifth-chukker knock-in strategies. All the club's polo events, including lessons and games, meet on the hilltop polo field at Overbrook's highest point, resulting in a panoramic view of the surrounding hills and a refreshing breeze that keeps summers cool and players' mandatory pinwheels whirling.
As affiliates of the Overbrook Polo Club, students receive a 2011 membership to the United States Polo Association and all its subsequent perks. Enjoy a monthly copy of Polo Players' Edition magazine, a handbook of the official polo rules, and a membership card that grants access to Columbia's exclusive, secret horse cotillions.
482 Holiness Church Rd.
Wagener, South Carolina 29164