A “Perfect Week of Sports” is Coming to The Palm Beaches

December 27, 2019

This February 22-27, gear up for six epic days of gameplay in five different sports.

It’s good to be a sports fan in The Palm Beaches. Not only are there 160 golf courses, scores of water sports and many other outdoor activities to choose from year-round, but one week in February brings together an elite slate of sporting events dubbed the Perfect Week of Sports by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. 

During six action-packed days, you can catch five different sports around The Palm Beaches – including polo, PGA golf, professional tennis and Major League Baseball. Here’s our day-by-day guide.

Delray Beach Open (Feb. 22)

Delray Beach Open stadium

Come see tennis elite, both past and present, at the Delray Beach Open – the only tournament in the world to feature both the ATP Tour and fan-favorite legends from the ATP Champions Tour. Now in its 28th year, the tournament draws more than 60,000 spectators over 10 days. 

Some of the stars signed on to compete in the 2020 event include Juan Martin del Potro, Kei Nishikori, Nick Kyrgios and the Bryan brothers, the winningest doubles team of all time. If you happen to be in town early, teen sensation (and hometown girl) Coco Gauff will compete in an exhibition match on Saturday, Feb. 15. 

Catch singles and doubles semifinal matches on Saturday, Feb. 22, starting at just $55. Even better, the hard court action happens in the heart of Atlantic Avenue, just a short stroll from Delray Beach Municipal Beach. 

Gauntlet of Polo™ (Feb. 23)

Palm Beach International Polo Season players in action

Palm Beach International Polo Season rides into town Dec. 29, 2019, and runs through April 19, 2020. Throughout those 16 weeks, the world’s finest horses, preeminent teams and most skilled players will be competing for the prestigious Gauntlet of Polo™. 

In the ultimate survival of the fittest, the Gauntlet of Polo comprises three elite tournaments: the C.V. Whitney Cup, the USPA Gold CupⓇ and the U.S. Open Polo ChampionshipⓇ. The team that wins all three takes home the largest prize in the sport: $1,000,000. On Sunday, Feb. 23, you can see the C.V. Whitney Cup Final, with general admission tickets starting at just $10. Or, VIP it with fieldside Champagne Brunch, starting at $125 per person.

Major League Baseball Spring Training at FITTEAM Ballpark of The Palm Beaches (Feb. 24)

Spring Training is a can’t-miss experience in The Palm Beaches, where the teams of the Grapefruit League warm up for the regular season under the South Florida sun. FITTEAM Ballpark of The Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach is the Spring Training home of not one, but two 2019 World Series teams: the world-champion Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros. 

On Monday, Feb. 24, the Nationals will take on their division rival New York Mets. See the big-league action from a blanket on the Banana Boat Lawn, or snag a stadium or Field Box seat for an up-close view of some of the best players in the game. Be sure to visit the Craft Corner, where a variety of beers flow from 32 tap handles. 

Read more about how to have a World Series-worthy Experience in The Palm Beaches.

Major League Baseball Spring Training at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium (Feb. 25)

Can’t get enough of America’s pastime? Head a few miles north to Jupiter’s Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, where the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins spend their Spring Training. With unparalleled player access and close-up encounters with veteran stars and up-and-coming prospects alike, the Spring Training experience here is truly one-of-a-kind. 

On Tuesday, Feb. 25, you’ll have another chance to see the Nationals, this time against the Cardinals. Settle in for this Grapefruit League showdown with a “Chicago Cubs Hater Dog” (featuring diced onions, tomatoes, neon relish, celery salt, sport peppers and a pickle spear) and a local craft beer.

Winter Equestrian Festival (Feb. 26) 

Equestrian

Taking place at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, this long-running festival is considered the world’s premier winter gathering of horses and riders. The 12-week show sees only the best riders of their class, including Olympians, adult amateurs, juniors and children from 52 countries and all 50 states.

During Week 8 of the festival, you can catch Show Jumping and Hunter competition beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 8 a.m., and running throughout the week. Best of all, admission and parking are free! In addition to the impressive displays of equestrian prowess, spectators will have opportunities to shop exquisite vendors and take part in a variety of activities. Before your visit, brush up on 5 Things You MUST Do During the Winter Equestrian Festival.

The Honda Classic (Feb. 27)

The Honda Classic has been bringing top PGA TOUR talent to The Palm Beaches since 2003, providing a week of entertainment and one of the finest fan experiences around. The tournament features a field of 144 players and a purse of $7 million, with net proceeds benefiting the locally based Children’s Healthcare Charity. 

The competition takes place on the world-renowned Champion Course at PGA National Resort & Spa. Originally designed by Tom and George Fazio, and redesigned by links legend Jack Nicklaus, the course is best known for “The Bear Trap” – a daunting three-hole stretch that is known as one of the biggest challenges in golf. Be there for the first round, beginning Thursday, Feb. 27.

More Fun on Deck

Of course, you don’t just have to watch sports while you’re here. Reserve your tee time for a round of golf, check out our many great tennis facilities, dive in to a wide world of water sports, or even spend an afternoon at the world’s largest dedicated croquet facility. Afterward, reward yourself with a trip to some of our fine local breweries on the Ale Trail of The Palm Beaches.

To plan your visit, check out our great places to stay, find an amazing local meal, browse our 47 miles of beaches and explore even more things to do in The Palm Beaches, from Jupiter to Boca Raton.

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