Though any time of year, the Empire Polo Club hosts a nice array of events with its spectacular scenery, through March 27th, the Empire Polo Club plays its Sunday horse polo games on Palm Springs’ desert oasis fields. There are two games every Sunday, slated at 12 noon and 2 pm. This spectacular display of horsemanship, once referred to the “Sport of Kings”, was once reserved for only royalty, is now available to everyone and is a spectacularly good time.
The Polo Club itself is a beautiful rolling green oasis in the middle of the desert, and all attendees have the opportunity to meet the horses and the players by name. An announcer will give play-by-play of the event and keep all attendees informed of what is happening and where, so no one feels lost. In addition, during half-time, guests are invited to participate in a traditional “Pretty Woman” divot stomp, customarily enhanced with a flute of champagne.
In addition, when these polo players are off-season resting, the fields are open to a modern-day version of this ancient royal sport: Gold Cart Polo. These hilarious parodies consist of two-person teams; one driver and one mallet-wielding friend, testing their abilities in spirited competition, and the public is allowed to compete. An announcer gives enthusiastic play-by-plays as an audience looks on, enjoying the high thrills of victory and the crushing lows of defeat.
The Empire Polo Club is located on the corner of 50th and Monroe St., off I-10.