A TOP-CLASS polo field being built at Bridport will open in summer and hopefully attract international competitors.
Barnbougle and Lost Farm golf course developer Richard Sattler said yesterday major work on the field, viewing area and horse space next to the Lost Farm course would start when the ground dried, following winter rain.
``At the moment it is more like water polo than horse polo . . . but we will start constructing the field in about six weeks,'' he said.
``We have the site sheds on and everything marked out and we are just waiting for the winter to finish.
``Field first and then the infrastructure after that.''
He said the hard-wearing grass that was needed had been grown in Hobart and would be laid on the site in coming weeks.
``If you played it on the golf course, they (horses) would just chop it to pieces,'' he said.
``You need a special surface.''
He said it would take a month to plant the field and the grass would hopefully be grown by Christmas, with play to follow in January or early February.
He said it would be a public course with lessons on offer, plus regular competitions.
The polo school would open in the second half of next year.
The field would be world-class and should attract elite players, with Mr Sattler saying there had been a lot of interest.
``We won't have major buildings there for a while but hopefully there will be structures there when we open in January,'' he said.
``A lot depends on how the grass goes, how good a spring we get.''