Framed by the serene mountains and vineyards of the famous Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, Val de Vie is one of the most spectacular polo estates in the world.
Our passion for the sport has transformed the estate into an unrivalled polo destination. Apart from hosting international tournaments and high society events such as the BMW Polo International, the Val de Vie Polo Club members play weekly polo matches in the season. The excitement of the sport has spurred on a growth in the Polo School, which has scheduled lessons for beginners and amateurs every week during the polo season which runs from October to April.
Val de Vie offers two of the finest, most luxurious grounds in the country, completed to Hurlingham International Championship Standards.
Both grounds are boarded and have ample seating for spectators, either in the informal banks – ideal for a casual picnic – or on the elevated terraces at the Polo Pavilion – where players and spectators can mingle, enjoy an easy lunch, aperitif or savour victory whilst sampling some of the estate’s finest wines.
A BRIEF HISTORY
Polo is experiencing phenomenal growth worldwide. Described by Omar Khayyam (the 12th century Persian poet) as the King of Games and the Game of Kings, the sport was introduced to South Africa by the British infantry in the nineteenth century. The first recorded game took place in October 1874 at the Parade Ground in Cape Town, between the Gordon Highlanders and the Cape Mounted Rifles. In the early 1900’s several civilian clubs began to emerge and in 1906 the South African Polo Association was formed.
Today, Polo is becoming accessible to more and more people – enjoyed by young and old, women and men or even entire families. Val de Vie has revived the sport of kings in the Western Cape, with exceptional growth in numbers at the club, putting the estate on the map internationally as one of the world’s top polo destinations.