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Posted by on Sep 4, 2016

Hotel del Coronado and Polo America’s Beach Polo Cup Weekend

Hotel del Coronado and Polo America’s Beach Polo Cup Weekend

Located a few minutes away from downtown San Diego, Hotel del Coronado is a sophisticated, elegantly designed hotel at the edge of the Pacific that offers guests from all around world an opportunity to experience an exhilarating stay. It is a unique destination surrounded by scenic ocean views and remarkable beauty. It is a sensational and quintessential choice for any traveler.

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Del Coronado is a sanctuary for sea lovers from near and far. The resort serves as an escape to leisure in glittering sands in the cool breeze of rushing tides. The hotel boasts an exceptional collection of guest rooms, designed in different styles. You can choose to relax in the historic charm of the Victoria or indulge in the contemporary styles of the spacious Ocean Towers and California Cabana. There are also more luxurious options at Beach Village.

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Whatever you choose, the resort runs across 28 acres of beautiful land, with everything you’d require for a wondrous getaway. Visit the Hotel del Coronado website  for more information on accommodations.

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Beach Polo Cup:

On September 3rd and 4th, Polo America partnered with historic Hotel del Coronado to present Beach Polo over this beautiful holiday weekend.

It’s going to be a complete weekend with polo matches, polo lessons, a Grayse Fashion Show, delicious cuisine, a cool hat contest and the opportunity to dance tango with Polo players, plus so much more.

Irene enjoying a game on the sands of del Coronado.

Irene enjoying a game on the sands of del Coronado.

In the competition, 12 polo players and more than 50 horses take to the beach for the very first time on the West Coast.

Some of the Polo Teams included…

Aspen Valley Polo Club — Grant Ganzi (1); Juanicito Bollini (3); and Agustin Merlos (9)

Hoffman International Properties — Riley Ganzi (0); Juan Bollini (7)  and Carlitos Gracida (5)

Flexjet — Melissa Ganzi (0); Lucas Lalor (6); and Julio Novillo Astrada (7)

Porsche San Diego  — Bash Kazi (10); Tito Gaudenzi (3); and Jason Crowder (7)

 

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz retreated to The Del for a lengthy stay in 1950 to fine-tune their "Ricky and Lucy" personas (which television executives had originally dismissed). After perfecting their routines in San Diego clubs, the duo signed a television contract and later featured The Del in a 1958 episode of I Love Lucy.

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz retreated to The Del for a lengthy stay in 1950 to fine-tune their “Ricky and Lucy” personas (which television executives had originally dismissed). After perfecting their routines in San Diego clubs, the duo signed a television contract and later featured The Del in a 1958 episode of I Love Lucy.

Beach Polo festivities with Marilyn Hoffman, Arny Granat, Irene Michaels and .Julio Novillo.

Beach Polo festivities with Marilyn Hoffman, Arny Granat, Irene Michaels and .Julio Novillo.

Coronado has a long history of beach polo, dating to the early 1900s when the Spreckels Cup was first played in 1909 (Polo Challenge). It consisted of local and international teams, usually comprising navy officers. This remarkable event has been organized with the sole purpose of reviving this old forgotten tradition and to entertain guests, celebrities and polo players from all around the globe.

Looking back on a shining moment in Hotel del Coronado history: the filming of "Some Like It Hot," starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon.

Looking back on a shining moment in Hotel del Coronado history: the filming of “Some Like It Hot,” starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon.

Over this Labor Day weekend, the Coronado Patch reported about some of the events at Beach Polo at the del Coronado, explaining that “attendees will be treated to two polo games each day, plus activities such as a meet-and-greet wine reception with players, a gourmet lunch provided by Hotel del Coronado, a fashion show by Grayse, a hat contest, a tapas dinner and tango dancing with the polo players.” It’s sure to be great as it’s put together by Polo America.

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In the Coronado Eagle & Journal, Randy Russell of Polo America explained that the last event today would include tango with the players. “We hired instructors to teach the Tango and attendees can dance with the players. The weekend will have a little bit of everything. It’s the other events around the polo matches that will make the weekend fun.” So cool!

President Benjamin Harrison arrived by train in San Diego early on the morning of April 23, 1891 as part of a cross-country campaign effort. Reportedly, he greeted San Diego well-wishers in his dressing robe and slippers from the back of his railcar before heading over to The Del for breakfast. He was greeted by a delegation of dignitaries, including Governor Henry H. Markham and Baja California Governor Luis E. Torres. The first in-office president to visit the city, Harrison returned to San Diego by boat across the bay after being serenaded by the Coronado Band. Despite the effort, Grover Cleveland defeated him in 1892.

President Benjamin Harrison arrived by train in San Diego early on the morning of April 23, 1891 as part of a cross-country campaign effort. Reportedly, he greeted San Diego well-wishers in his dressing robe and slippers from the back of his railcar before heading over to The Del for breakfast. He was greeted by a delegation of dignitaries, including Governor Henry H. Markham and Baja California Governor Luis E. Torres. The first in-office president to visit the city, Harrison returned to San Diego by boat across the bay after being serenaded by the Coronado Band. Despite the effort, Grover Cleveland defeated him in 1892.

 

Sinatra made an appearance at The Del in 1970 to attend President Nixon's state dinner, held in our historic Crown Room. Sinatra is among a long guest list of Hollywood celebrities who have frequented The Del over the years, beginning in the early 1900s with silent movie stars and continuing to today.

Sinatra made an appearance at The Del in 1970 to attend President Nixon’s state dinner, held in our historic Crown Room. Sinatra is among a long guest list of Hollywood celebrities who have frequented The Del over the years, beginning in the early 1900s with silent movie stars and continuing to today.

The proceeds earned through this event will be forwarded to Rady Children’s Hospital.

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ABOUT POLO AMERICA

Polo America is the oldest and largest marketing firm that specializes in the sport of polo. The company’s expertise includes creating and producing a variety of world-class Polo events throughout the United States.

Irene enjoying the polo activities at del Coronado.

Irene enjoying the polo activities at del Coronado.

ABOUT RADY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is a 520-bed pediatric care facility that provides the largest source of comprehensive pediatric medical services in San Diego, Southern Riverside and Imperial counties. It is the only hospital in the San Diego area dedicated exclusively to pediatric healthcare and it is the region’s only designated pediatric trauma center. Rady Children’s Hospital relies on donations to support its mission. Proceeds from Polo America’s Beach Polo Event at Hotel del Coronado will help fund Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Endowment for Neuroscience. Money from the endowment provides clinical genetics, clinical trials, DNA sequencing, bioinformatics and education to help treat and find cures for neurological diseases and disorders in children. For more information, visit www.rchsd.org.

Whether you’re a polo or beach lover, celebrate the first ever West Coast Beach Polo event September 3-September 4 on these beautiful sands. Enjoy a weekend full of polo matches, gourmet dining, lessons from polo players and more, with proceeds benefitting Rady Children’s Hospital. Learn more here.

Players in the game at Hotel del Coronado for Beach Polo by Polo America.

Players in the game at Hotel del Coronado for Beach Polo by Polo America.

Presented By: Ermenegildo Zegna, Silver Seas Yachts, Grayse, Porsche of San Diego and Coronado Tourism Improvement District.

Irene Michaels of I On The Scene with Marilyn Hoffman of Hoffman International Properties, enjoying the weekend at del Coronado.

Irene Michaels of I On The Scene with Marilyn Hoffman of Hoffman International Properties, enjoying the weekend at del Coronado.

Sponsors for Polo America Presents Beach Polo include: Polo America, men’s clothier Ermenegildo Zegna, women’s fashion design house Grayse, Porsche San Diego, the Hotel Del Coronado, Modern Luxury San Diego, the Coronado Tourism Improvement District, the U.S. Polo Association, and Hoffman International Properties.

Irene Michaels

Over the past 25 years I have taken on the roles of a producer, publisher, insider journalist and fundraiser. My artistic interests began early in my teens working as a model and a dancer throughout the U.S. I formed my first modeling agency before I was twenty. While modeling I secured a re-occurring role in the popular daytime TV series General Hospital. Read more…

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