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The historic and picturesque Santa Barbara Polo and
Racquet club is located in Carpinteria (pronounced carp-in-ter-EE-ya),
a city of approximately 15,000 people, but that can
swell much higher when the summer rush is on. San Francisco
is almost 400 miles to the north and Santa Barbara is
12 miles northwest (it also sits on the Southern facing
coastline). Ventura is 15 miles to the south and Los
Angeles is 80 miles to the south.
Legend has it that the city got its name from the Spaniards
who saw the Chumash Indians busy building the large
ocean-going canoes called tomols and called it the 'carpenter
shop' - La Carpinteria.
Carp, as the locals call it, is situated along the
only Southern facing stretch of coastline in California.
The climate, referred to as Mediterranean, never gets
too cold or too hot. Annual daytime temperatures range
from 60 to 80 degrees, and rainfall averages 17.9 inches
yearly. The city sits on a thin strip of fertile land
nestled between the mountains and the ocean and is unique
in its diversity.
Carpinteria has always been self-sufficient, with a
broad base of business, agriculture, and community activity.
Even as many of the surrounding communities become more
residential or more business or more tourist oriented,
Carpinteria has retained all of the things that make
a community a community.
It is an unusual town for Southern California, where
many communities are either business or residential.
There is a strong downtown area that contains a blend
of businesses - from grocery stores to restaurants,
from antique shops to candy shops, from banks to civic
organizations. Residential areas are scattered and each
has its own unique flavor and charm.
A strong draw for Carpinteria is it's world-class
polo. The Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club, established
in 1911, is situated on 30 magnificent ocean view acres
with three manicured polo fields. Other facilities include
a clubhouse, grandstands, stabling for 300 horses, tennis
courts and swim center.
Polo games are held each Sunday through the Spring,
Summer and Fall.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate.
Food and beverage service is available and includes
box lunches & picnic baskets.
Late each summer, the high-goal Pacific Coast Open
really brings the field to life drawing polo luminaries
from around the world.