Whitney Field will be idle during the Aiken Polo Club’s fall season.
The Sunday matches that traditionally have been there will take place at Powderhouse Polo Field instead.
The following message was posted recently online:
“Over the summer, (the) Aiken Polo Club resurfaced historic Whitney Field, replacing all the old grass with an improved variety. In order to allow our new grass to become well-established there, we have decided to allow Whitney to rest until the spring.
“Our Sunday games will not be affected. All reserved parking spaces will be honored (at Powderhouse) ... and we will have a ‘fieldside’ tent with (an) open bar and catered food for all of our social members.”
The first official Sunday game of the fall season is scheduled for Sept. 26.
The season’s first tournament, the 4-goal Alan Corey Cup, is set to begin Thursday.
Whitney Field is the oldest polo venue in continuous use in the United States. The first match was held there in 1882.
Earlier this year, games were played at Whitney Field during the Aiken Polo Club’s spring season.
Whitney Field is on Mead Avenue.
Powderhouse Polo Field is on Powderhouse Road.
For more information about the Aiken Polo Club, visit aikenpolo.org or the Aiken Polo Club page on Facebook.
The number for the club’s hotline, which provides the latest information about the dates and times of games, is 803-643-3611.