Beach Polo at Hotel del Coronado

Over Labor Day weekend last year, Polo America created a tidal wave of excitement at Hotel del Coronado beach. The Beach Polo Cup featuring 12 players and 50 horses was the first beach polo tournament played there in 80 years.

Andre Zotoff, vice president and general manager of Hotel del Coronado said that Beach Polo is set to become the Kentucky Derby of the West Coast.
Guests were as festive as the polo players. Women wore colorful hats and sundresses, and men stepped out in sports coats, fedoras, seersucker suits and linen shirts. Comments from attendees flooded social media.

In an effort to bring beach polo to more people, seating will increase from 1,500 to 3,000 over three days. Polo will be played Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Seating options and ticket prices also are more varied. Grandstand tickets are $35; Silver tickets are $75 and $200 each; and Gold tickets and Millionaire’s Row are $250.

Opening day on Friday, Sept. 1, is party central as the 10,000-square-foot VIP tent transforms into a giant cocktail lounge overlooking the polo game. Hotel del Coronado will provide cocktails and hors d’ouevres. On Saturday and Sunday, the VIP tent will feature several terraces. The 200 x 16 front row is designated Millionaire’s Row. Guests can relax on white leather furniture, mingle, watch polo and enjoy lavish spreads of food and drinks provided by Hotel del Coronado.

Million Dollar Road Rally

If polo weren’t enough, Polo America will offer 100 attendees the opportunity to participate in the Porsche Million Dollar Road Rally. Each participant on a team of 3 is required to drive one leg of the road rally and accomplish three tasks that will involve a yacht, a private jet and jewelry worth millions. Winners announced each day will receive passes to the new Porsche Experience in Los Angeles.

2017 Polo Players

Four high-goal teams have entered this year’s Beach Polo Cup competition. The roster features players from the United States, Argentina, Mexico and Switzerland. The level of play is 14 goals with 3 players per team — the equivalent of high-goal polo in West Palm Beach.

Guests who want to do more than watch the game are invited to sign up for private polo lesson on the beach. Sessions will be taught by world-renown instructors on horses from the California Polo Club. Lessons will be held each day prior to polo matches.

“The sport of polo is unique in that it’s not only played on grass, but it is also played in arenas, in the snow and on the beach. We sponsored the Polo America Beach Polo Cup because we’re the official global brand of the USPA, and together we embrace every face of the game. When consumers walk into one of our 750 stores in 135 countries, they aren’t just buying a piece of apparel, they are buying a piece of the sport.” — Matthew McCartin, SVP Global Marketing

“It was fantastic to see beach polo played with the stunning backdrop of the iconic Hotel Del Coronado. What an unbelievable weekend horses, Porsches, world-class polo players and amazing people who came together to benefit Rady Children’s Hospital. Can’t wait until next year.” — Shawn Evan, General Manager of Porsche San Diego

“The Hotel del Coronado was an amazing venue and Grayse by Kelly & Marie Gray were thrilled to part of this historic beach polo event.” — Grayse

“We thank Polo America for choosing us as the beneficiaries of this great event. These much-needed funds will provide help for children in San Diego who are dealing with neurological disorders.” — Angela Wachtmann, Rady Children’s Hospital

“The City of Coronado has a rich and interesting history dating back to its incorporation in 1890. Included in its historic timeline is Coronado’s connection to polo through John D. Spreckels, who owned the Hotel del Coronado. Spreckels was so enamored with polo that he built a polo facility right here in town in the early 1900s. He even created a Spreckels Cup silver trophy, which was retired in 1921. The Coronado Polo Club was known throughout the United States for the quality of its fields and near perfect year-round playing climate. The city is proud of its polo heritage. Polo was the centerpiece of social life in Coronado for years. The recent two-day polo match at the Hotel del Coronado, another important piece of the city’s past, brought back that exciting history, even if just for a weekend.” — Mayor Casey Tanaka


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Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is a 520-bed pediatric care facility that provides the largest source of comprehensive pediatric medical services in San Diego, Southern Riverside and Imperial counties. It is the only hospital in the San Diego area dedicated exclusively to pediatric healthcare and it  is the region’s only designated pediatric trauma center. In June 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked Rady Children’s among the best children’s hospitals in the nation in each of the 10 pediatric specialties the magazine surveyed.

Rady Children’s Hospital relies on donations to support its mission. Proceeds from Polo America’s Beach Polo Event at Hotel del Coronado will help fund Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Endowment for Neuroscience. Money from the endowment provides clinical genetics, clinical trials, DNA sequencing, bioinformatics and education to help treat and find cures for neurological diseases and disorders in children. For more information, visit


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