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THE PLETTENBERG AND POLO IN PLETT

Polo season is in full swing in Plett, where against the breathtaking backdrop of the Garden Route town, the Plett SA Open will be held from 2 to 14 April 2024. The Plettenberg provides the ideal base for the polo set, including spectators wanting to combine the excitement of watching some polo matches, with exploring the myriad of attractions in the area.

 


The Plettenberg is family orientated and celebrates a culture of impeccable hospitality with ‘barefoot luxury’ that extends a warm and sincere welcome to all. Explore the Plett wine route, brave exhilarating activities such as bungee jumping, horse riding and treetop canopy tours, or simply relax at the hotel and immerse yourself in the breathtaking vistas of the ocean, mountains and endless stretches of golden sand and rolling waves.



The picturesque setting of the Plettenberg Bay Polo Club provides attendees with a front-row seat to witness the dynamic partnership between horse and rider, with formidable teams and accomplished players promising a riveting showcase of equestrian skill and strategic brilliance. Known as the ‘Game of Kings’, polo is one of the oldest team sports in history and is thought to have originated in China and Persia.



According to the SA Polo Association website, Polo was invented 2,500 years ago as a cavalry training exercise. Remarkably the traditional game has not changed much over the years, including the tradition of wearing white pants, which dates back to the 19th century when Indian royals played in the heat, hence the preference for fabrics that were light in colour and weight. In another polo tradition, to this day the crowd activity of divot-stomping at half-time is not just for show, but genuinely to restore the field for the players and horses!

 

Limited accommodation is available at The Plettenberg during the Plett SA Open, where guests may quote PoloSA2024 to secure a 10% discount on rack rates.

 

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