One of the few sports that should come with a government health warning is polo. Believed to have originated in Persia more than 2,000 years ago, the oldest team sport in the world sees players racing at top speed, using only their weight and the speed and courage of their ponies, to keep their opponents off the ball.
The best place to watch and play this sport of princes and kings is Guards Polo Club. Situated in the heart of Windsor Great Park, the Club’s grounds provide the perfect historical backdrop for a sport that delivers passion, pageantry and power. Guards Polo Club was founded by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 1955. A former player, he remains the Club’s President today, regularly watching games from the Royal Box with an expert’s eye. His oldest son, HRH The Prince of Wales and grandsons, HRH The Duke of Cambridge and HRH The Duke of Sussex, have inherited his passion and have played many a game at the Club.
Situated in the heart of Windsor Great Park, Guards Polo Club provides the perfect historical backdrop for a sport that delivers passion, pageantry and power.
These royal players are joined by an impressive array of polo superstars, including the World’s Number One player, Adolfo Cambiaso. The Argentine has been at the top of his game since he first charged onto the scene more than 25 years ago, aged just 17. Since then, Guards Polo Club is honoured to have continually listed him as their top player. With leading amateur players (patrons) and their talented professionals calling Guards Polo Club home when in Britain, Guards Polo Club can deliver the best sport possible. Not surprising when those who play there include Andrey Borodin (Park Place), Ali Albwardy (Dubai), Bob Jornayvaz (Valiente), Guy Schwarzenbach (Black Bears), Ludovic and Sebastien Pailloncy (HB Polo), Spencer McCarthy (Emlor), Alejandro Bazzoni (Monterosso) and Max Gottschalk (Les Lions).
Guards Polo Club delivers an enviable fixtures list throughout its season, from mid-April to mid- September. In 2019 Cartier celebrates its eighth year as title sponsor of the high-goal Queen’s Cup competition, which attracts the biggest names in the game. The Argentine clothing and sports brand La Martina, now with a prominent retail presence in St James’s, London, supports the Varsity Match between the Oxford and Cambridge University polo teams, one of the sport’s oldest tournaments.
In 2018, Japanese innovative solutions firm, OutSourcing Inc, became a sponsor of the Royal Windsor Cup, the Club’s oldest tournament. With its philanthropic outreach, OutSourcing has brought Hollywood sparkle to the Club – Susan Sarandon attended an event this year and presented the prize for the morning game. Hildon’s generous support of the competitive Archie David Cup, with big entry lists of 25 or more, ensures that the Club offers great polo at all levels of the game.
With such an impressive pedigree it may be a surprise to learn that social (non-playing) membership of Guards Polo Club costs just £400 a year. This includes a member’s and guest badges for the season, the opportunity to enjoy many members-only events plus unlimited access to the Clubhouse Restaurant and Bar, under the management of the renowned Mosimann’s of London.
GUARDS POLO CLUB Smith’s Lawn, Windsor Great Park, Surrey, TW20 0HP +44 (0)1784 434212