San Diego Polo Club
14555 El Camino Real, Rancho Santa Fe
Five bucks will get you in. (Of course, you can pay up to $2700.) But have $25 ready for the "de-lish" buffet. What's surprising is that this really is a rough, tough game. One, you've got to ride; two, you've got to collide (that's part of the game); and three, you've got to take your falls with grace and laugh it off over champers afterwards. Biggest thrill? The thunder of the hooves -- all heading for you. Your most charming duty? Between the third and fourth chukkers (seven-minute rounds) -- the divot stomping. Everybody goes out and replaces displaced chunks of grass to keep this a level playing field.