Nestled in a 10.68 hectare nook just a few kilometres from the iconic Twin Towers and the Kuala Lumpur City Centre, the Royal Selangor Polo Club is one of the few polo clubs in the world that exist in a truly downtown location.
The grand old lady of Malaysian polo has a tradition of polo that reaches back over a hundred years, having been founded in 1902.
Polo here is a central focus. The season is a long one – horses are saddled as long as the weather permits. The club has 60 active polo players and the 283 stables that are filled with horses owned by members, save for 15 horses and ponies in the club’s riding school.
It is a member of the Royal Malaysian Polo Association and is affiliated to the Hurlingham Polo Association and the Federation of International Polo.
The Game of Kings attracts not only royalty, but politicians, corporate leaders and diplomats. And the Royal Selangor Polo Club is no exception. It is not only Kuala Lumpur’s central polo ground, but a hive of social and family activity. At present, the Club has 32 Honorary Members, 85 Ordinary Members, 133 Subscribing Members and 48 Annual Members.
HISTORY OF THE CLUB
Originally formed in 1902 in Port Swettenham (now Port Klang), the Selangor Polo Club moved to British Military Administration’s property in Gurney Drive Kuala Lumpur. Subsequently, the club relocated to the Selangor Turf Club at Ampang road (site of the KLCC Twin Towers) where polo was played for many years in the centre of the racecourse.
In the 1960s’ Malaysia’s 1st Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, granted the Selangor Polo Club a lease of 26 acres of state land amidst old, disused tin-mining pools in the area known as Ampang Hilir. The commemorative tree planted by Tunku Abdul Rahman in 1963 still stands in the club’s grounds.
The present clubhouse was built in 1965, paid for by donations from members of the club. In keeping with the growing interest in equestrian and amateur racing, the club changed its name to Selangor Polo & Riding Club.
When it was expected to be moved because it now sat on land that could be developed, Malaysia then Prime Minister extended the lease of the club to 2026. In 2003, the Club’s patron HRH Sultan Sharaffudin Idris Shah of Selangor, granted the Club its Royal Warrant and it became officially known as Royal Selangor Polo Club.
The club and stables were upgraded in 2006 and the refurbished clubhouse was relaunched by the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur, Dato’ Seri Zulhasnan Rafique.
In 2011 the club was the venue of the finals of the FIP World Cup Australasia-Africa-Asia. It regularly hosts Royal Malaysian Polo Association tournaments in the RMPA International League, National Championships, Merdeka League and Malaysian Ladies Polo Championship.
In addition to the polo section, the club also has an active riding section, where members and their children can learn to ride and participate in equestrian sports and pony club activities.