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“Private party at an exclusive club”

International Polo Club
Ranked #3 of 18 things to do in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The International Polo Club Palm Beach is the premier polo destination in the world, hosting the largest field of high-goal teams and the most prestigious polo tournaments played in the United States. Polo enthusiasts descend upon Wellington, Fla., Each winter season to enjoy their love of the sport in the most prominent and well-equipped polo facility. The Palm Beach Polo Season opens on the first Sunday in January concludes 16 weeks later with the U.S. Open Polo Championship(R) final played on April 19 in 2015. Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating that includes elegant grandstand viewing, field tailgating, lawn seating, field-side champagne brunch at The Pavilion, and exclusive sponsor boxes. Tickets start at $10. For ticketing, hospitality options, or information on booking corporate or group outings or special events year-round, please call us or visit our website.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed May 12, 2014

I can't say anything about the polo aspect of this club as I was attending a private function. However, they did have a couple of horses with young men that put on a demonstration while we sipped drinks and ate of passed hors'deouvres. we then had a very fine catered meal under a tent. All in all a great experience.

Thank cathy s
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Reviewed April 29, 2014

Came here for Brunch on a Sunday and was expecting to have a nice day of brunch and polo. The match itself was great. The brunch not so much, very disorganized seating, loud and rambunctious. The food itself was fine, a good selection but not amazing. Did not feel a relaxed atmosphere, it felt chaotic.

Thank love_travel071
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Reviewed April 7, 2014

I'm a polo fan and have a goal of attending matches at as many polo fields I can get to. I'm not a sports fan at all but I love this sport - it's one of the oldest and most difficult to play and it's got ponies, players, excitement and lots of fun and elegant traditions. When we come to West Palm Beach each year I make sure I got to Sunday polo at Wellington.

I just buy the $10 bleacher seats and accept the fact that I'm not going to be one of the club members eating the lovely brunch by the club pool, or having a drink in the shady club lounge, or even under one of the tents as a guest of someone who has a season pass to the polo matches. Still, wherever you are in the pecking order of polo you will have fun. Wellington is one of the more formal polo fields with high stakes international matches. Dress accordingly and be ready for high heels on grass, champagne, hats, and the latest fashion. The matches are competitive and the players are top notch - to say nothing of the ponies who are just beautiful to see standing or on the field.

If you know little or nothing of polo but enjoy an elegant afternoon in a world with lots of fun and tradition, buy your ticket, read up a little on the rules of the game, and come to enjoy the day. Be ready for heat - this field is miles away from the ocean - but also be ready for a memorable afternoon.

1  Thank HistoryLover2017
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

Beautiful spot. Just love it here. Great pool, polo, spa and tennis. Croquet . Sundays are the best for polo and entertainment.

Thank Diana S
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

There are two sides of the field at the Sunday Polo matches at IPC - the stadium seating on one side, and the IPC with its champagne, hors d'oeuvres, and buffet on the other. Almost a division between the haves and the have-nots, but even the have-nots are doing pretty well in this case.

On the lesser expensive side is the general admission area. Be sure to upgrade to stadium seating so that you can view the match from the center of the field; otherwise you are stuck at either end of the field with a less-than-stellar view. You can buy food and drink there, but we've even brought in a picnic lunch to make it all more enjoyable. You'll be sitting on wooden benches, assigned seats, and rather cramped in by the end of the season. Still, it's quite fun and you get a great feel for the game...the people on this side of the field actually care about what is happening in the game.

On the other side of the field, in the pavilion, the motto should be "What game?". They don't even seem to notice that there is a polo match going on while they socialize, gawk at designer attire, sip champagne, and eat from a sumptuous buffet. Very pricey entry for this side, and it is definitely something to put on your bucket list for at least once (we try to do it once per year, but mostly because I am good at ferreting out discounts). Dress very nicely if you go, give the "best manners" speech to your little ones, and take in all that the atmosphere offers. You will be watching the "up-and-comings" more than the game.

Another facet to Polo is Tailgating...I have yet to do this. It looks REALLY FUN but very expensive and requires much more prep work on your part. IPC provides only a shade tent, and you must bring chairs, tables, food and drinks. It can be as meager or as fancy as you'd prefer, and some get outright fancy with caterers, table cloths, embroidered matching folding chairs and the whatnot. Again, it looks like fun, but you are more isolated from the social aspect of the game, which is half of the fun (if not 9/10ths of the fun on the pavilion side). Might be good for a company morale-building event, or a birthday party, as you are able to invite a number of guests to your area.

At half-time, both sides converge onto the field to get free champagne and ice cream bars, and "stomp the divots" (press down the mounds of dirt that the horses have kicked up during the game). Sometimes there are acrobatic performers on the stadium side. Bring your sunscreen, as there isn't much shade (again, stadium side), a pretty hat, and wedge heels (as opposed to spike) for the ladies. Also, no rain refunds, so check the weather before you go.

6  Thank cdelguzzi
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