Polo in Sotogrande.
Sotogrande in Southern Spain enjoys almost year-round sunshine, allowing polo to be played most of the year. It is the perfect alternative to taking a ‘long-haul’ flight to far away polo destinations. You can leave the cold Northern European winter behind and be in Sotogrande in a little over two hours!
Polo was first played in Sotogrande in the mid-sixties, with “the sport still informing the resort’s classic style”. The polo scene in Sotogrande is very ‘grounded’ and not reserved for an elite few. Polo tournaments, such as the recent INDI International hosted at the Santa Maria Polo Club, are a popular family day out, with a vibrant ‘after-polo’ culture including pop-up shops, restaurants and late night dancing.
Sotogrande is considered to be the capital of polo in Southern Europe. Its busy summer schedule of polo is now coming to an end. However events take place across the Winter and Spring seasons with opportunities to both participate on the pitch and cheer from the sidelines. Whether you are a novice, or a more experienced player, the clubs in Sotogrande cater for your individual level of polo.
Many professional polo players take advantage of the good weather conditions in the region to prepare for the Summer polo season. At this time of year you can expect a temperature of about 18°C. Also the main clubs, such as the Santa Maria Polo Club, have high capacity drainage systems on their playing fields which allow games to be played even if there is heavy rain.
Of particular interest to polo enthusiasts is the Sotogrande European Polo Tour. The tournament is held across three weekends starting at the end of February at the Santa Maria and Dos Lunas polo clubs. This fixture is the European polo option for players looking to get on the grass early. The competition has reinforced the popularity of the winter season in Sotogrande, attracting professional polo players and patrons from European countries like Portugal, England, Scotland, Ireland and Germany.
Put Sotogrande on your to do list this year. You’ll find it a pleasant change from the British winter weather and arena season. Before you book make sure you ask Ryan about his availability to give you coaching in Sotogrande.