Palm Beach News
Palm Beach polo enthusiasts anticipate start of 2014 season24 Dec 2013 4:38 PM
Similar to many other metropolitan areas in the southern and western regions across the country, Florida typically enjoys favorable weather year-round. While snow may be falling throughout the Northeast and Midwest, those living in the Sunshine State are being treated to moderate seasonal temperatures and of course, plenty of sun. Accordingly, individuals are starting to plan out their activities for the upcoming year, and gearing up for the start of annual sporting traditions.
One of the most anticipated events occurring in early January is the opening of the Palm Beach International Polo season. The island is home to a diverse group of wealthy business executives, celebrated politicians, well-known celebrities and affluent estate owners - many of whom can regularly be found at the local polo fields either participating in or spectating exciting matches.
The 2014 season will officially begin on Jan. 5 at the Palm Beach Polo Club, and continue through to April 20, with numerous competitions taking place during. Often referred to as "the sport of kings," these weekly matches occurring each Sunday typically see the finest athletes from the surrounding area, as well as across the nation - and planet.
During each exhibition - which vary between high- and medium-goal matches, as well as challenge cups, qualifier matches and full tournaments - attendees can enjoy first-rate views from the stands at the Nespresso Grande Pavilion, musical interludes curated by a DJ, complementary beverages and hors d'oeuvres, in addition to live television feeds showing all of the intense action up-close. Originally established by a group of experienced players, the Polo Club Palm Beach facility was designed with the intent to properly showcase the incredible skills displayed by both ponies and players during competitions.
Local venue site of exciting competitions, US Championships
The upcoming sporting season will kick off with a series of renowned polo tournaments, including such prestigious high-goal competitions as the Joe Barry Memorial Cup, Ylvisaker Cup and Piaget USPA Gold Cup. But, preceding them all, will be the high-goal Herbie Pennell Cup, which serves to commemorate one of the top arena players in this country's greatest era of indoor polo, who was also a successful club manager.
Although every match played at the Palm Beach Polo Club proves to be an entertaining, each season culminates with the US Polo Open. This year, the 110th Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championship will be held from March 26 to April 20, when the 2014 season concludes. Dating back to 1904, the annual event was first played at Meadowbrook Polo Club in Old Westbury, New York. However, the local venue in Palm Beach has played host to the revered tournament since 2004.
More information regarding each of the scheduled competitions, as well as tickets for the pavilion's various seating areas, can be obtained by visiting the organization's official website and calling (561) 282-5334.
Palm Beach Polo Club offers other high-end luxuries
In addition to spectating masterful polo players from around the world, all who visit the Palm Beach Polo Club - whether they be members or guests - can enjoy direct access to the finer things in life. The expansive grounds on Avenue South in Wellington features a croquet lawn, tennis courts, a polo library, two dining establishments, a spa and fitness center as well as multiple retail outlets.
Located in close proximity to the sports house, which features a wrap-around porch perfect for viewing all of the exciting festivities, are the croquet lawns that can accommodate international tournaments, in addition to private and group lessons. Also nearby is the tennis program, which regularly hosts clinics to members and guests. The polo library is populated with countless videos and classical books regarding polo and the thoroughbred equine industry.
Both of the club's two eateries - the Mallet Grille and The 7th Chukker - while different in their own right, offer upscale dining options. The Mallet Grille offers seasonal lunches and dinners using fresh ingredients that patrons can enjoy on the outdoor patio or poolside. Boasting grilled steaks, fresh seafood and healthy choices for children, this restaurant is a popular attraction. Also loved is The 7th Chukker, which provides diners with access to the club's extensive wine list and selection of dinner by the bite. As an added draw, live entertainment is often featured in its upscale lounge area.
The spa and fitness center offers visitors access to an infinity pool, state-of-the-art exercise equipment, hot yoga and Pilates classes, as well as a personal trainer and boot camps. Also available are spa services like sports and stone massage sessions, vitamin C facials and nail services.
In all, the upcoming Palm Beach International Polo season promises to hold multiple opportunities for high-end recreation. Whether watching the intense matches or taking advantage of the lavish treatments, a visit to this luxurious location in South Florida guarantees the creation of exceptional memories.