One of the most often asked questions when questioned about going to polo is “What should I wear?”, and the answer is there is no correct or incorrect answer. You can dress up or dress down and fit in to any Sunday event, but you should pay attention to how and from where you plan on watching the match, as there seem to be unwritten dress codes that are apparent.
Attending a polo match is akin to stepping onto the pages of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Great Gatsby”, allowing women the luxury of dressing to the nines (for afternoon wear), with elegant sun dresses and fashionable hats a polo tradition, while men have the option of wearing a jacket, or not, with slacks or jeans.
Unlike some more formal polo settings you might find at London’s Windsor Park or Spain’s Sotogrande, Indio’s Empire Polo Club embraces a relaxed approach to the game that features everything from blazers to shorts, heels to flip flops.
Sporting attire is evident, and is often taken from the pages of “Palm Springs Life” in the club’s VIP section. Tailgaters at the Empire Polo Club tends to more reminiscent of gatherings you might find in parking lots before football games, but to date, there have been no face paintings!
It is always a good idea to call the club (760-342-7755) to confirm game times and field locations, if you’re looking for anything besides the featured 2 pm Sunday stadium game. And remember, ladies, when selecting footwear that six-inch stiletto heels aren’t the best choice for the traditional halftime divot stomps.
The 2017-2018 Empire Polo season attracts players from across the county and around the world and offers fourteen weekends of fast-paced polo in the beautiful relaxed setting of California’s winter playground.
The Empire Polo Club is located at 81-800 Avenue 51 in Indio, CA. for further information go to the club website at http://empirepolo.com.