VAL DE VIE POLO CLUB

THE VAL DE VIE POLO CLUB

Surrounded by the majestic mountain ranges of the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, Val de Vie Estate is one of the most spectacular polo venues in the world. The beauty of an Estate with a focus on polo, is that the sport calls for considerable space in which to play – wide open, green zones that provide ample breathing space.

THE SPORT OF KINGS

Our passion for the ‘Sport of Kings’ has transformed Val de Vie Estate into an unrivalled polo destination. It is a fast, exciting game for competing teams and the highly trained ponies, but polo season on the Estate has also become the perfect occasion for residents to dine al fresco on the sidelines. The tradition of tailgating – when cars are parked boot outwards towards the field – provides the perfect opportunity for picnics with family and friends in the fresh air and sunshine.

POLO FIXTURES

Club Chukkas 

Tuesday: 16:00 Champions Field or Berg River Field Educational Chukkas
Wednesday: 16:00 Champions Field Club Chukkas
Saturday: 10:00 Champions Field Club Chukkas
Sunday: 10:00 Pavilion Field Club Chukkas

Tournaments as per the fixture list

Wednesday: 16:00 Champions Field
Friday: 15:00 Pavilion Field
Saturday: 15:00 Pavilion Field

OUR PROUD SPONSORS

COME CHUKKA WITH US

The Val de Vie Polo Club season runs from October – April and during this time weekly chukkas and tournaments are typically played on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings at either the Pavilion Polo Field, Champion’s Polo Field or the Multi-Purpose Sports Field. The blackboard positioned at the main gate, and the weekly newsletters contain the latest information regarding dates, times and locations.

Entrance is free of charge, and no tickets are needed. Just turn up and enjoy the fun, speed and thrill of the game.

Pony Rental starting form R800 Please contact polo@valdevie.co.za to join Val de Vie polo Club chukkas

THE RULES

Player Handicap

Ranges from -2 up to 10 goals. Players with a 3-goal rating and above are considered to be at professional level.

Polo Teams

In a polo match, there are two teams and each team has four players. There are two umpires on the field and a match referee.

The Polo Field

The Val de Vie Estate polo field is roughly the size of eight rugby fields. A goal is scored when the ball goes between the goalpost of the opposing team. Kickboards around the perimeter of the field keep the ball in play during the match.

How Many Segments are in a Match? 

The segments in a polo match are called chukkas, with each chukka lasting 7.5 minutes. However, due to the excessive heat in Paarl, they are shortened to 6.5 minutes. There are six chukkas in a match. A bell signals the end of each chukka, followed by another bell at the start of the next chukka.

The Horses

The backbone of the polo teams, ‘polo ponies’ are thoroughbred horses and are often re-trained from the racetrack. Their speed and agility are integral to a polo player’s skill on the field. Given the fast-paced nature of polo, a single horse can’t be used in consecutive chukkas, requiring at least four horses per player per match.

THE PONIES

  • Polo ponies are fast, agile champions, with a heart for winning. The ideal pony is small around 14 – 16 ‘hands’, and must be able to turn and stop quickly, but gallop even faster.
  • Polo ponies are usually thoroughbreds taken from the racing world and then trained in the art of polo.
  • Their manes are trimmed or ‘roached’ and their tails are tied up to prevent them from getting tangled in the mallets during the game.
  • Polo is a fast game, and the ponies need to be rested in-between chukkas. This also explains why one player needs a string of ponies for each game (ranging from four to eight ponies).

BECOME A POLO PLAYER

Full Playing Member: Enjoy Val de Vie Polo Club Chukkas on a weekly basis every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday during polo season running from October to April.

Educational Member: Educational Chukkas are for the up and coming players once a week  lead by Kevin Rixon to gain confidence as players and to learn the rules in a controlled and learning environment. This is the perfect setting to ask questions and develop your polo skills.

Social Member: if you are not a player this is the perfect option for you. Being part of the Polo Community and having all the advantages of being part of this pioneering club the Social Membership Package is perfect for the social and networking individual.

  • Experience the Val de Vie Polo Clubhouse Exclusively: Enjoy exclusive access to the Val de Vie Polo Club House to eat, drink, work, and hang out, with accommodations for yourself and up to four guests.
  • Enhance Your Social Circle: Increase social connections with the addition of more social members.
  • Discounted Venue Hire: Benefit from a 50% discount on venue hire rack rates for functions, with a limit of two functions per year.
  • Event Privileges: Receive two general access tickets for both the Pink Polo and International events annually. Alternatively, access the exclusive Members Lounge in the Club House for these events to ensure capacity balance.
  • Stylish Club Apparel: Receive two replica Club playing shirts and two baseball caps, with additional Club merchandise available for purchase at a 50% discount.
  • Birthday Treat: Celebrate your special day with a complimentary bottle of MCC (Méthode Cap Classique).
  • Monthly Entertainment: Enjoy live music and happy hour specials every First Thursday

Full Membership R40 000

Educational Membership R15 0000

Social Membership R10 000

To become a member of the Val de Vie Polo Club please contact Polo@valdevie.co.za