‘Sport of kings’ returns to Bluffton with Polo for Charity event

Break out your big hats, get those divot-stomping shoes out of the closet and dust off your tailgating gear.

The 23rd Polo for Charity event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Okatie is just around the corner. And it’s definitely an event you don’t want to miss.

Bring the whole family to enjoy a day in the Lowcountry sun while watching a competitive game of polo. The Polo for Charity event will be held Sunday, Oct. 23 at the historic Rose Hill Plantation in Bluffton. Gates open at noon and the match begins at 2 p.m.


Also known as the “sport of kings,” the polo match promises to provide an action-packed, entertaining afternoon of horse and rider athleticism on the field and tailgating with friends.

“Whether you come to watch the ponies or just to watch the people – it’s always an unforgettable day,” says David Jacox, president of the Rotary Club of Okatie. “It’s a fun time for a great cause.”

Patrons are encouraged to express their creativity with their tailgate presentations and their attire. Prizes are awarded for the best tailgate and the best hat.

Every year, tailgate tents line the field — each with its own array of treats and signature spirits. Colorful picnic blankets are scattered across the lawn, with menus ranging from sandwiches to shrimp and a little of everything in between. Sometimes the majestic horses take a back seat to these eloquent tailgates, beautiful party trays and the overall ambiance that the attendees of the Polo for Charity event create.

This year’s event will benefit local charities like the Moss Creek Marines, who help provide funding for service dogs for disabled Marines, as well as other Beaufort County charities supported by the Rotary Club of Okatie.


Patron sites and general admission tickets are available. Advance tickets are $15 per person and $20 at the gate on the day of the match. Children younger than 12 get in free. For information, call 843-298-3055 or email rotarypolo@hotmail.com.

Advance tickets are available at BB&T bank locations, Markel's and the Engel & Volkers office at 800 Main St., Hilton Head. Patron slots are still available for purchase. Be sure to “like” Okatie Rotary Polo for Charity on Facebook to get all the details on this year’s event.