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Q&A with Katherine And Mark Bellissimo

The Morning Line | 01/01/18

What are some of the most significant updates that have been done around the club this summer?

For club facilities, we have updated the locker rooms in the spa and added new equipment in the gym. We also introduced some new menus at the 7th chukker and the Mallet Grille this winter. Outside, five of our playing fields were sprigged with new grass in order to increase their longevity and durability.

Is there anything new this year for Sunday Polo?

Our sponsors have committed to more giveaways for guests both in the Pavilion and out on the field during halftime. We are also having several trunk shows and unique shopping vendors come out this year that will be really fun for guests to visit. The pavilion should be seeing some special guests this year as well.

What are your long-term goals for IPC?

Definitely to increase the awareness of the sport and also to keep IPC as one of the premier destinations for the world’s best athletes. We’re very excited to be hosting the U.S. Open for the next four years as well of course.

What’s your favorite part about Sunday Polo?

Since we’re so busy during the rest of the week, we really enjoy spending Sunday low-key, relaxing at brunch with friends and watching great polo in the warm Florida sunshine.

What is your family doing for New Year’s?

On New Year’s Eve day, we’ll be at IPC of course enjoying brunch and polo, and then just a quiet evening with friends.

What are you most looking forward to with this season at IPC?

Watching some great, competitive polo! We love the whole experience of the day at Sunday polo. It’s so relaxing and really is our favorite way to end the week.

Do you have a favorite high-goal team?

No one specifically, but we love seeing the fans get really into it and come out each week to support their favorites.

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