One of only three high-goal polo venues in the United States, the Greenwich Polo Club established in 1981 is a mere hour outside of NYC. Greenwich Polo Club provides all the makings for a perfect Summer Sunday. Enjoy the thrill of the match, watch top players from across the globe, visit the on-site Brandt Foundation Art Study Center, shop Greenwich’s favorite local wares at pop up boutiques, and savor the local fare at infamous CT Gold Coast food trucks such as Dough Girls, Lobster Craft, Cafe Bon, and more.
Cabanas, lawn seating and the VIP Players Lounge each offer various ways to view the match in comfort and style. The new Fernet-Branca “Branca Bar” offers twists on the iconic Amaro such as the Branca Buck with ginger beer. The Cup Bearer offers a range of cocktails and wines.
The East Coast Open match Sunday, September 1st was a playoff game between Los Violines and Monterosso Vikings. Each team of 4 players has 6 horses per player. The horses are rotated out to avoid fatigue, but the rider stays in the game for all 6 or more of the 7.5-minute chuckers. The match itself is riveting, and the finesse each rider must possess to lead their horse while they also try to gain control of the ball is extraordinary to see.
Polo is very much a social affair. While the match itself begins at 3pm, guests arrive at 1pm to mingle, shop, dine and sip. Families attend matches together, as well as groups of friends and colleagues. Many guests have been attending the weekly Summer Sunday matches since childhood and have continued the tradition into adulthood, now bringing children of their own.
The art at the Peter Brandt gallery is exquisite. Those familiar with the Peter Brandt gallery in the city will find this satellite location in Greenwich feels quite familiar. The current artist on exhibit is Urs Fischer, presenting his Error exhibit now through September 13th. Error is a dreamlike multimedia showcase including pieces created with every art medium from photography to larger than life sculpted exhibits.
Feasting your eyes on art is thirsty work. Be sure to stop at the Branca Bar after the gallery to enjoy their modern takes on this Italian classic, or stop at The Cup Bearer to enjoy their signature Branca Palermo. This cocktail is a variation on the classic Mint Julep with bourbon, Brancamente, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
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