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Thunder on the Green

Thunder on the Green
September 2011
Get a glimpse of the Charleston polo scene—traditionally an insiders’ sport that is gaining new ground with public matches on local plantations every fall and spring

Although soldiers stationed on Sullivan’s Island played polo on the parade grounds in the early part of the 20th century, the sport of kings didn’t gain a real foothold here until the late 1970s, when a few local families—the Carrolls, Knoths, Limehouses, Lockwoods, McRaes, and Stoneys—invested the time, land, and horses required to play.Long a club-like atmosphere of players and ponies pounding down fields at Lowcountry plantations, the tradition continues and these days draws more enthusiasts into the fold with public matches every spring and fall. Here’s a peek into the Charleston polo scene