Create a lifetime memory with your special event at the private historical Hillsborough Racquet Club, once an early 20th-century private polo clubhouse surrounded by large, elegant homes. Located on a majestic tree-lined residential street in Hillsborough, California, today's private club setting retains that estate-like feel.
Exchange vows al fresco between the elegant columns of a handsome, curved portico, which opens onto a domed, parquet-floored foyer that is sure to impress. More intimate ceremonies are lovely in the music room, where a grand piano stands against a light-loving wall of windows.
The spacious, airy ballroom is the heart of the club, framed with a Tudor-capped fireplace on one side and a wall of windows and French doors on the other. If you need a break from the festivities, step out onto the breezy patio, lined with flowers and small hedges, or retire to the "domino room," which boasts a clubby feel and plush seating.
Polo, the sport of kings, was played throughout the Hillsborough/San Mateo/Burlingame region at the turn of the last century. Local teams competed with each other as well as with European teams. In 1912, members of the Burlingame Country Club renovated the El Cerrito Polo Field and built an on-site clubhouse. Up to 3,000 spectators turned out to watch a game. With the advent of World War I, there weren’t enough healthy young men to continue the sport, and polo slowly faded away. The current Hillsborough Racquet Club is in the old polo clubhouse. The polo field was in the Hillsborough Racquet Club parking lot and beyond.