Jan. 22nd – 23rd, 2011
Jan. 22nd – 23rd, 2011
This weekend we have two polo events scheduled: One on Friday night and our regular Sunday polo games. We are back on our main grandstand field this weekend, near the rose garden. You can enter the club through the gates on Monroe St. for these events.
Polo Under The Lights & Happy Hour – Friday, Jan. 21st at 6 PM
Back by popular demand “Polo Under The Lights” and happy hour is scheduled on the Rose Garden field. General admission is free and the public is welcome.
You can tailgate along the east side of the field or sit in our grandstand on the west side for excellent views of the game. There will be bar concessions set-up fieldside for your convenience. We will also have heaters set-up near the seating areas on both sides of the field.
Box holders can use their boxes for this event, so please RSVP to Tony Schieffer at 760-393-7298 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday Polo – Jan. 23rd, 2011
This Sunday’s games are on our grandstand field, The Rose Garden Field. Box holders, please RSVP to Tony Schieffer if you plan to use your box this coming Sunday. If you are not a box holder, but would like to reserve a VIP table or seating area, please contact Tony for rates and to make a reservation.
This coming Sunday we have a special guest singer lined up for the National Anthem. Don’t be late. The National Anthem and Player Parade start at 2 PM.
Empire Polo Club features Polo games open to the public every Sunday through March 27th. Our Sunday games are at 12 & 2 PM. A complimentary champagne divot stomp, hosted by Korbel California Champagne, is scheduled during halftime of the 2 PM featured match. Food and beverage concessions are on site and available during Sunday Polo.
To reserve a VIP table or to confirm use of your VIP Box, please contact Tony Schieffer at Tel. 760-393-7298 or email email@example.com.
Please visit our website at www.EmpirePolo.com for articles, results, photos and game reports. We are also on facebook at www.facebook.com/empirepolo.
See you all this weekend!
Empire Polo Club
The Mid_Month League Finals
January 16th 2011
The first finals of the season at Empire Polo Club and Twin Palms was celebrated with BBQ’s, Champagne Divot Stomps and some very competitive matches. There were three leagues competing for trophies during the mid-month finals including: 8-10 Goal, 4-Goal and 1-Goal (2 Brackets).
Twin Palms Polo Club hosted the finals of the 8-10 Goal League for Empire/Twin Palms. Spectators sat along the berm and watched as Jef Graham’s Barrossa Team defeated Trinity in a fast game under sunny, blue skies. A fabulous Argentine Asado was prepared by Carlos Cremaschi. A special thank you to to Chris & Laura Maloney for hosting such a nice weekend for the players at Twin Palms!
The 4-Goal Finals were well attended at the Forum Field at Empire Polo Club. The Empire Polo Team defeated Manila Polo to take home the finals trophy. In an earlier match, Atlant won the 1-Goal Finals for the A Bracket. Fresh and Easy won the B Bracket finals that were played at an earlier time on field 7.
Sunday Polo will resume on Field 3, The Rose Garden Field this coming weekend (January 23rd, 2011).
Opening Weekend at Empire Polo Club
Text By Diane Hensley
Photos by L. Bremner & Jim Bremner
EMPIRE POLO CLUB–Grand reopening weekend in the Empire delivered the ultimate playing experience just as billed Jan. 7-9. Hooves pounded at Twin Palms as Gypsy rode past Stormcat 13-6 in the eight-goal match on Saturday and Empire defeated their opponent at home in a two-day match on Field One. A long line of tailgating spectators snaked alongside the Medjhool field from Ave. 50, the low whirl of quiet engines powering down as doors flew open and picnics spilled out.
“Where’s the schedule for today?” a voice called out from an open window of a minivan. A friendly neighbor parked nearby answered “Right over there, every Sunday 12 and 2.”
Puffs of bright colors in felt and voile topped heads of the women folk Sunday, hopeful contenders for the Hat Day prize for “Most Creative” and “Most Traditional.” “Is it too much?” one woman asked her companion, pointing to a smart beige feathered short brim with a 20s flair.
It all began with Friday Night crowds filling the grandstands at the Polo Under the Lights when Shanghai’s Steve Armour/Dale Fargey, Abby Riggs, Joe Henderson and Cody Wooden defeated Empire ‘s Bolko Kissling, Alex Haagen IV, Ashton Wolf and Miguel Gutierrez 8-5.
Saturday night’s elegant Red Party at Medjhool Lake turned out an impressive list of some 350 invited guests who dined, danced and drank to live music in the tent late into the night. Palm tree trunks glowing red with soft uplights welcomed party goers onto the red carpet. Pulsing yellow stage lights bounced off shiny guitars and drums rocking alternative music and cover tunes. Complimentary drinks went to accessorized guests donning anything visibly crimson.
“This is so cool here! “Who’s playing in the band? The music’s great,” said one guest waiting for drinks.
On Sunday, spectators turned out in record numbers, pleasing staff members and security, who were fully prepared to accommodate their numbers.
“We want to come every Sunday,” said one newly converted polo fan and tailgater. “We’ve lived in the area a long time, but just never came out here. We’ll be here early next time to lock in our spot.”
Shanghai defeated Gypsy/Stormcat 11-7 in the 8-10 goal on Field 1, and Empire’s four-goal team fell 9 to 6 against Trinity. Earlier at Twin Palms, Barrossa topped Tritech/Tentology 7-4. Spectators walked from match to match, toured the grounds and mingled in the Village, picking up copies of Empire’s magazine and enjoying the food and beverage fare.
In a parallel world just across Ave. 51, thousands of Palms Springs Kennel Club competitors showed the best of their bow wows, drawing thousands of dogs and owners to the Forum Field. Not even a bark could be heard. The weekend seemed to have delivered the ultimate viewing experience, from all accounts. That’s how the fantasy of playing can become a reality—for some.
“You coordinated such a superb, lovely afternoon for everyone, it was one of the most beautiful functions I’ve ever attended, and I’ve traveled all over the world,” said local resident Camryn Lee.
“The only unfortunate aspect is that I’m now addicted to polo. I signed up for a lesson on Tuesday, at your club.”
For photos of all of the weekends events, click on these links below:
This weekend we have a lot going on at Empire Polo Club and we wanted to make sure you were up-to-date on the location of our polo games. Please take a few minutes to review our notes below.
Game Locations Jan. 14th – 16th
VIP Boxes & Seating For Jan. 16th, 2011
We will have special VIP seating for all Box Holders on the Forum Field. Please call me and let me know if you plan to use your box this weekend so I can reserve a box for you.
There are also tables and VIP seats available for Social Members and spectators. RSVP’s are requested for these areas.
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