Polo season is in full swing, so put on your derby attire and enjoy Friday happy hour or a regal Sunday afternoon at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. Toast to summer with bubbly champagne as you watch majestic horses jockeyed by some of the world’s best Polo players who come every season between May and October to ride on this stunning field.

Did you know Polo is one of the world’s oldest sports? No wonder it’s favored by royalty the world-over. And Polo in Santa Barbara – on our American Riviera – is no less impressive. Santa Barbara’s is the third oldest Polo facility in the nation and famed lovers of the sport, such as Prince William, have even played on this field. Indeed, since the club’s founding in 1911, it’s been a popular spot for celebrities over the years.

Of course, the backdrop of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the 87-acre grounds which include numerous, lush playing fields and tennis and swimming facilities are the obvious draw. And the Sunday matches are renowned as the ideal SB polo experience. Choose from a range of seating options, including luxury and lounge options. Sunday’s also feature a DJ and dance party on the field after the match.

But, of course, no polo match in Santa Barbara would be complete without the famous halftime divot stomp. If you’ve ever fancied a moment in the shoes of Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, make sure to get out on the field between the third and fourth chukker and stomp away.

Where to stay in Santa Barbara during Polo season

Whether you opt for a hillside hideaway or an ocean cottage, you won’t be far from the polo action. Search the availability of our coastal vacation homes and pony up for polo in Santa Barbara.