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.