Polo - Santa Maria Polo Club

SANTA MARÍA POLO CLUB

by Saskia Mier

The Santa María Polo Club is by far the most well known polo club in Spain and also considered one of the best clubs in the world, providing exclusivity and glamour. It was the first polo field to be built in Sotogrande around 1965 and has since been improving the installations and reputation of the club.

A few of the club's polo fields have already been classified as World Class, with facilities dedicated to providing the highest quality of hospitality along with private and corporate events throughout the year. We cannot forget to mention the spectacular landscape with more than one million square meters of landscaped areas.

Today the Santa María Polo Club is split into three grounds; Los Pinos, Río Sotogrande and Puente de Hierro.

Los Pinos

Los Pinos is the main ground to the polo club, offering two unique and exceptional spaces surrounded by twenty hectares of parkland for the celebration of unique events. It is here where the high handicap matches of the International Summer Tournament and most of the winter tournaments are played. The ground has four playing fields and one warm up field, as well as two pavilions, known as Entrecanchas A and Entrecanchas B.

Pavilion A offers a more compact multipurpose tent mostly requested for the celebration of dinners, corporate meals and wedding banquets with a capacity for more than 400 people. It is also equipped with plenty of parking, security, cocktail area, views of the fields and landscaped gardens.

Pavilion B is the most suitable for larger events, consisting of two transparent and modular floors, prepared for the celebration of multitudinous events of up to 800 people. There is also annexed gardens, parking, security, restaurant, shopping village, expo area, terraces and views of the playing fields.

During the International Summer Tournament, one pavilion is used as a commercial area and the other as an evening entertainment area.

Río Sotogrande

The grounds of Río Sotogrande are located on the west side of the Guadiaro River, opposite to the grounds of Los Pinos, and used in the International Summer Tournament and other winter and spring tournaments for high and medium handicaps.

Its construction began in 1984 and became the main area of the club, due to the destruction of the fields of La Playa, until the creation of Los Pinos.

The facilities consist of two playing fields and a multipurpose tent prepared for all events. It is also home to La Quinta Restaurant, serving Argentinean cuisine.

Puente de Hierro

The grounds of Puente de Hierro are situated further north of the Guadiaro River and have three playing fields, two of them reserved during the International Summer Tournament for use in medium and low handicap matches. It was inaugurated in 1992 and it is here where the new five star stable blocks for 39 horses are found.

There is ample parking, extensive landscapes measuring 10 hectares and grounds to hold events and banquets.

Stables

Santa María Polo Club has a total of 160 stables in different areas of the estate, designed in an open form with front folding doors from the German company Rowe & Rub.

In addition, there is a state-of-the-art arena, with automated surface hardness control and innovative flood control system. The concept being that the horses will always work and train on an optimum surface.

The stable area has a video surveillance system allowing its control by private security personnel. This newest generation of stables were inaugurated in July 2010.

Clinics

The Polo Club also offers educative clinics for those to enjoy an extraordinary day feeling the passion of the polo.

A unique experience based on theoretical lessons and basic practices where professional polo riders explain the rules of polo, the game and some basic tips. Participants are able to practice tackling with some of the professionals.

The polo manager will explain everything you need to know about the polo horse and lastly participants will be able to practice on a mechanical horse.

The day ends with a polo exhibition and the possibility of organising a spectacular Argentine barbecue.