A regulation polo field is 300 yards long by 160-200 yards wide. Many polo fields are equipped with sideboards, which help to keep the ball from going out of bounds. Although play stops when the ball crosses the boards, horses and players regularly jump them and keep on playing, which is why polo fields are marked with a run-off area or safety zone. Spectators must take care not to park their cars or let their children play in this space!


Polo fields are high-maintenance affairs. They require frequent mowing, fertilizing, aerating and rolling to keep them smooth. They also take up a lot of space, roughly as much area as nine to twelve football fields. The best grass for polo fields is one of several special hybrids or Bermuda grass. Bermudas create a smooth turf that stands up well to galloping hooves. Their fine blades enable the ball to roll straight and true. Players put a lot of stock in good fields and are always happy to drive a little farther for the chance to play on one.

Polo Team and Polo Strategy: A Polo Primer The Rules of the Game By Pam Gleason, EDITOR AND PUBLISHER OF “THE AIKEN HORSE”