The curse of the fairway bunker! Does this sound like you, “I’m in it, and I can’t get out; I’m in it again and blew two strokes trying to get out?” What should you do?

BOCA POINTE 224 golf sandtrap“We all get trapped by the curse of the fairway bunker,” says Buck Deibel, Director of Golf and a Master PGA Professional at The Club at Boca Pointe.   “But, there are a few simple steps that can cut one or two strokes coming out of the dreaded fairway bunker.”

Mr. Deibel suggests:

“First, consider your club selection. Forget about what you would do in a greenside bunker. For the typical fairway bunker shot, your first consideration must be to pick the club that has enough loft to clear the level of the lip and get the ball out. This may or may not be the club necessary to negotiate the desired distance; however, your first priority must be to clear the lip and get the ball out of the bunker.”

“To execute the shot, keep your lower body quiet and stable. You may even want to set a little extra weight on your left side at address. This will help you catch the ball first to assure solid contact and maximize your distance.”

By making the proper club selection and implementing the tips mentioned above, Mr. Deibel assures, “you should be able to get out of the bunker easily and put yourself in good shape for your next shot.”

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The Club at Boca Pointe, a Boca Raton golf club, has a beautiful 18-hole championship golf course that offers fun play for the social golfer and challenges for the serious golfer. With many tees as part of the “Tee it Forward” initiative, golfers at all levels of play can enhance their overall golf experience by selecting tees that best align with their game.   The members at Boca Pointe always welcome new players. If you are a golfer and not a member, yet, we encourage you to call membership today at 561-864-8539 to learn more!


pool8French, Spanish, Dutch, Hebrew, Portuguese, even Chinese, it all means the same: the new Sports and Fitness Complex is open!

“The new Sports and Fitness Complex at the Club at Boca Pointe is not only open for business but thriving,” beams a proud Helen Karpel, the Club’s general manager who played a major role to ensure that the new facility was functional and aesthetically pleasing, while completed on time and within budget. The members are enjoying a complete transformation of the former Center Court area and the convenience of the fitness complex being located walking distance from the main clubhouse!

gymThe Complex officially opened late last month with a full schedule of activities! Like in a candy store, members have all kinds of choices ranging from classes in the spacious aerobics room to the bump and grind of the spin room, while other members can build up a sweat in the enticing new workout room.

As the oohs and ahhs continue to roll in, members are excitedly exploring the facility to get a handle on where everything is located. “It will take a while to get used to all the space,” says Ms. Karpel.

front lobby vertWhen members enter the new facility they are greeted by a warm, friendly atmosphere at the beautiful spa-like entrance overlooking a magnificent, paved circular driveway and the well-manicured tennis courts. Once checked in, the members’ fun begins whether they are working out, playing tennis on one of the 16 Har Tru courts, eating lunch in the new Freshe Pointe Café & Patio, or enjoying the new pool and its surrounding area.

What about the kids and grandkids? Members can bring them along to enjoy the Activity Center that offers a variety of teen oriented fun. For the little ones, there is a fun splash deck near the pool. Parents and grandparents are able to make memories filled with laughter and joy!

Seeing is believing, right? Take a look at what the new Sports and Fitness Complex has to offer:

  • Beautiful Entrance facing the tennis courts with a welcoming lobby
  • 20,000 square feet in total to explore:
  • Restaurant (Freshe Pointe Café & Patio): This will have limited seating inside and outside eating in the patio; this will be a healthier food destination along with our highly popular omelet station
  • Wi-Fi Available
  • 38 Pieces of Cardio Equipment; 20 Pieces of Selectorized Equipment
  • Free Weight Area
  • Certified Personal Trainers
  • Group Exercise Room
  • Spin Room
  • Functional Training Room
  • More than 50 Aerobic Classes per week
  • Pilates: One-on-One Training
  • Lockers, Steam & Sauna rooms
  • Nail & Spa Services
  • Full Service Rehab Therapy, which is open to ALL Boca Pointe residents, including non-members
  • Tennis
  • 16 Har Tru courts
  • More than 20 Competitive Tennis Leagues
  • Social Tennis Play
  • Outside (modernized swimming pool area):
  • Recreational Pool: 70 feet x 30 feet rectangular shape, heated pool, with two 70 feet lanes marked for lap swimming
  • Modified Pool depth to accommodate lap swimming, water aerobics, and any other kind of swimming
  • New diamond brite covering the entire surface of the pool
  • New pavers and pool coping around the swimming pool
  • New resort-like furniture
  • New resort-like 8 foot umbrellas throughout the area, with plenty of shade to mix & mingle.
  • Hot Tub: Detached from the pool for the adults to relax
  • New, fun Splash Deck that will replace the kiddy pool

This is an exciting time for the Club at Boca Pointe! This new Complex is just one more amazing offering at a Club filled with sports, social activities, and great dining! It is a place where lifelong friendships are formed and social calendars are booked to overflowing. If you are not a member, yet, we invite you to call membership today at 561-864-8539 to learn about the many membership options available to meet your lifestyle interests. All are welcome!


getImageMore than 500 dinners (or covers as they say in the restaurant industry) were served in Boca Pointe’s two welcoming restaurants on Valentine’s Day! How many restaurants can handle that many covers in one night without a hitch? “Not many,” says Terry Daniels, executive chef at the Club at Boca Pointe, which is uniquely defined as a non-mandatory equity membership. It is a private, equity country club lifestyle without the mandatory equity country club commitment.

“It was an exciting night,” beams Helen Karpel, general manager of the Club at Boca Pointe. “Not only was the annual Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance a huge success, it was wonderful to see equity and non-equity members laughing and dancing together throughout the evening. The night was filled with friends meeting up with friends and new friendships being made as everyone was enjoying what Boca Pointe offers its members – highly quality member service, thoughtfully planned entertainment, and the opportunity to make amazing memories.”

While the Club had 220 reservations for its highly popular, rose-colored Valentine dinner dance in the Main Dining Room, there were nearly 300 additional members seeking reservations and hoping to dine at the Club. Even with all the choices in Boca Raton, Boca Pointe members know the Club is the place to be – no one makes it more special on the holidays!

This year, the weather on Valentine’s Day was unusually cool but a beautiful Florida night to cuddle. Boca Pointe shared its love by accommodating everyone. Without hesitation, the Club happily granted access to open its second restaurant, the Grand Café. As a result, the Grand Café welcomed nearly 300 members and their guest on Valentine’s Day to enjoy a delicious meal and lots of loving.

“We are delighted to see how our members mix and mingle among all the different membership offerings, whether it is on the golf course, tennis courts or at our memorable social functions. Every year, we marvel at members enthusiastically sharing how important Boca Pointe has become in their life – with their calendar dominated by Boca Pointe activities and friendships growing exponentially.” shares Ms. Karpel.

Both equity and non-equity memberships have their benefits. By not requiring residency in the Boca Pointe community nor requiring members to buy into the equity, the Club has become a highly attractive option and holds a unique position in South Florida, especially for the seasonal Floridian. The Club’s non-equity Premier Membership is designed to allow members to define their membership tenure by interests and the amount of time they are in Florida. The first year requirement is a minimum of three consecutive months and the second year thereafter members must take four or more consecutive months, with the options to choose the best category that fits their lifestyle—golf, tennis, or social.

If you want to live life to its fullest, the Club at Boca Pointe is the place to be! If you are not a member, yet, we invite you to call membership today at 561-864-8539 to learn about the many membership options available to meet your lifestyle interests. All are welcome!


Wounded-Warrior-Project-Page-1024x638Far be it for members of the Club at Boca Pointe to miss an opportunity to help out an important cause. One such cause is the Wounded Warrior Project that helps wounded soldiers.

For the second straight year, the Men’s Golf Association hosted an 18-hole shotgun tournament on February 25th. All proceeds from the event—entry fees, tee box and greens sponsorship plus the support of Lou Bachrodt Chevrolet and Mazda dealership in Coconut Creek– went to the Wounded Warrior Project.

“It was very successful last year,” says Buck Deibel, director of golf for the Club at Boca Pointe. “The men’s league put it right back on the schedule for this season. What makes the event unique is that men and women are able to play with their own foursomes in the event.

“On top of that, entrants had the opportunity to win a car from Lou Bachrodt by scoring a hole-in-one on our 17th, par three hole.” While the car went unclaimed, it was exciting for members to hit their best shot in hope of driving home in a new car!

If you are a golfer and enjoy the comradery of a golf league and social play, call the membership department today at 561-864-8539 to learn about the membership options that will get you playing tomorrow! The Club at Boca Pointe offers equity and non-equity memberships, year–round and seasonal memberships.


Putting-over-mind“You can show a golfer all the techniques of a proper swing, whether it be for the driver, fairway woods, sand wedges, or putting, but without good balance, a golf swing will underperform. Balance is one of the major constants that is overlooked in the golf swing, says Buck Deibel, Director of Golf at The Club at Boca Pointe, a Boca country club, and one of the few Master Professionals in the area.

“For our younger members, balance is not as often an issue as for the older golfer. As we age, balance becomes much more difficult, whether or not we are playing golf. When golfers have good balance, the swing looks effortless.” he adds.

“A well-balanced golfer produces a swing that is graceful and pleasing to look at. Also, the well-balanced golfer can generate faster club-head speed and a better chance of squaring up the club-head. Hitting the ball squarely and solidly is often the payoff of a well-balanced swing,” Mr. Deibel explains.

This begs the question, how do I improve my balance? According to Mr. Deibel, it can be accomplished in a number of ways. For example, a wider stance where the heels are a least shoulder width apart gives the golfer good balance especially with the driver. Too narrow a stance with the driver could throw the golfer off-balance affecting the club face and path resulting in the club not being square at impact.

A golfer’s body weight should be set on the inside of the right foot at address and remain there during the backswing (for a right-handed golfer). “If you let your weight slide too far outside the right foot, you’re likely to sway, which will make it difficult to consistently return to the proper impact position.” asserts Mr. Deibel.

To anchor his right knee during the backswing, golf legend Jack Nicklaus slightly inclines the knee before he begins his swing and keeps the knee flexed as he completes the backswing. This creates torque, which results in a very powerful move through impact.

A golfer should also maximize swing arc while not over swinging. “To generate power, you want to make as full a shoulder turn as you can, but amateur golfers often lose their balance trying to achieve this goal. Your left heel should not come off the ground more than an inch as you reach the top of your backswing.” describes Mr. Deibel. “Private Lessons” advises that when your shoulders turn as far as they can, that should be at the top of your swing. Don’t bend your left arm trying to lengthen your swing — or strain to swing back so far that you move your head or let your torso tilt toward the target.

Lastly, it is important to achieve a balanced follow-through. After you complete your swing you should finish on your right toe with the large majority of you weight balanced on your left side (foot).

With a little practice, you will begin to see the benefits of a well-balance swing!


sel BOCA POINTE 34 pool tight couple cropWhen the sun is shining and the warm weather of Florida inviting, there is nothing like the refreshing splash of pool time! With the new Sports and Fitness Complex, pool time can be enjoyed with fellow members and family alike. Whether an adult or child, good times will surely be had by all.

The Club at Boca Pointe is excited with the new Sports and Fitness Complex that will be conveniently located near the main clubhouse! “The Sports and Fitness Complex is going to become a destination for all our members, including many new residents who will be able to mix and mingle with fellow residents,” says Helen Karpel, General Manager at The Club at Boca Pointe.

“We feel the Sports and Fitness Complex will be attractive to new Boca Pointe residents, especially those with children. Many new residents are working families and a facility like this one will enable them to enjoy socializing with other families and begin to feel what country club living is all about.

“Toward that goal, we are working to develop new family memberships that will be attractive to working families, who have never been a member, and who enjoy fitness and sports. The new memberships are part of our continued effort to meet varied lifestyle interests.

“Working members will be able to decompress before getting home by exercising in the gym, enjoying a quick game of tennis, or playing a fast nine holes, or even eighteen holes, of golf. For working parents, the new membership will be a great opportunity to have fun family time before settling in at home for the night. Sports offer a perfect venue to get the family out in some fresh air and off the technology to have some memorable times. When weekends roll around, pool time arrives, and if your schedule permits, the pool is even available during the week!

“We will be announcing the new memberships shortly after the new Sports and Fitness Complex opens. Until then, membership welcomes calls from residents and non-residents of the Boca Pointe community who want to be added to the list to receive immediate notification of the new membership details upon availability.”

Here is a glimpse at the new modernized swimming pool area:

• Resort like 8-foot umbrellas throughout the area with plenty of shade and opportunities to mix and mingle!

• New resort-like pool furniture.

• New pavers and pool coping around the swimming pool.

• Modified pool depth to accommodate lap swimming, water aerobics and just about any other exercise you can imagine.

• New diamond brite covering the entire surface of the pool.

• New, exciting splash deck for the little ones.

• Relaxing hot tub for the adults.

The main entrance of the new Sports and Fitness Complex is beautiful and will welcome all members. With a simple swipe of a card, members are in for the day!

Members will find the new complex fun, convenient and friendly! Before a dip in the pool, members may want to play a game of tennis or enjoy a light work-out, grab something from the new Fresh Pointe Café, and then head for the pool as a family would at a resort on vacation in the Caribbean or Hawaii. The only thing missing is the ocean!

If this all sounds wonderful to you, The Club at Boca Pointe, a Boca Raton country club, welcomes you to call membership today at 561-864-8539 to learn more!


What is one of the first things teachers, police, and firemen or even doctors and lawyers do when they retire? Contemplate where to move! According to the latest research, those looking to retire are making South Florida their primary destination.

Why South Florida?

First, the weather forecasters warn residents of a cold spell when the temperature dips to 73. Yep, that’s what they say on the local nightly news. Down from 79 indicating a cold front has moved in. Northerners will take 73 all day long, right!?!

Secondly, the logistics of the state is convenient. Floridians are a short flight away from the precious children and grandchildren.

Thirdly, South Florida offers a fun lifestyle throughout the year. In no time, residents find their daily calendars full and friends plentiful.

The choices in South Florida are unlimited. Gated communities are readily available: homes, condos, rentals. You name it, South Florida has it! It is also the hot bed of country clubs where every amenity that you could dream about is at your fingertips… however, too often new residents and snowbirds are unaware of the alternatives and exceptions and commit too quickly somewhere paying much more than necessary for that pleasure.

In seeking a lifestyle for everyday living, there is one major alternative that needs consideration in order to make a wise decision. The Club at Boca Pointe offers a private, equity country club lifestyle without the mandatory equity country club commitment.

The Club at Boca Pointe is located in the heart of beautiful Boca Raton where the action is happening. The Club is located inside the Boca Pointe community that offers a variety of popular-priced homes from condos, townhouses to freestanding homes.

The big tipping point that puts The Club at Boca Pointe over all the other country club communities, however, is its membership friendly, flexible lifestyle offerings…

1. You do not have to live in the Boca Pointe community to play at the Club at Boca Pointe. You can live anywhere. On A1A facing the ocean, local apartments, rentals. Anywhere because the Pointe is so centrally located, it offers a short commute to most.

2. The Club at Boca Pointe is the only country club that allows its members to define their own lifestyle by choosing the categories of interest that they want to participate in…such as social, which includes the ability to go to major Broadway shows, dinner-dances, and events to using the brand new state-of-the-art Sports and Fitness Complex. The busiest place at the Club is the card rooms where every game you can think of is played with a staff on hand to help find new members games to fit their needs.

Beyond social, members can add golf and tennis in some combination. Golfers can enjoy the newly renovated 18-hole championship golf course, and tennis players can enjoy Boca Pointe’s16 Har-Tru tennis courts for social and challenging play.

3. Are you not ready to give up your entire lifestyle…you still want a northern residence? Not a big deal. The Club at Boca Pointe is, again, the only full-service country club that offers seasonal memberships for the time you are warming in the Florida sunshine. The Premier membership welcomes a first year commitment for as few as three months up to one year, and for the second year and thereafter, a commitment of four months up to a full year. Your pleasure…you pick it and The Club at Boca Pointe will not only pamper you, but keep you out of the cold!

If this sounds exciting to you, please call the membership department today to learn more at 561-864-8539. All are welcome!


The golf course is well manicured…the 16 Har Tru tennis courts are top of the line…the social calendar is filled…the tummy is well fed with the preparations of five chefs…the card rooms are jammed…but … what makes The Club at Boca Pointe extra special?

BOCA POINTE 196golfcart“It is very simple,” says Helen Karpel, general manager. “Granted, most country clubs offer some variation of these amenities and activities, but what is very unique about The Club at Boca Pointe is the blending of members…the friendship…the camaraderie.” she explains.

“We have a varied membership base ranging from equity members to the Club’s fast-growing non-equity Premier membership program that allows members to join and define their own lifestyle by choosing the activities they wish to participate in and for how many months,” she adds. To prove her point, all you have to do is walk in the lobby or through the clubhouse and members are always greeting one another with a warm and friendly, “hello, how are you doing?”

“One couple joined our Premier program from another club in the area and fell in love with the membership. They sold their home and bought at Boca Pointe, even though you don’t have to live at Boca Pointe to be a member at the Club. Now, this couple is entrenched in the golf program, social programs, and card room activities,” Ms. Karpel points out.

“We are like a blended family. We have members from all types of career backgrounds from all over the United States and even from other countries, including Canada, Latin America, and Europe, all of whom are blending together to form new friendships. It is this camaraderie that makes Boca Pointe extra special.” proudly smiles Ms. Karpel.

The Club at Boca Pointe is where members simply enjoy the country club lifestyle with peers who find a friendly, welcoming environment the most attractive. If you are not a member, yet, we welcome you to call 561-864-8539 to learn more!


The Country Club experience without the Country Club commitment! What exactly does that mean in general and at The Club at Boca Pointe in particular?

Let’s answer that with an example. On one of the busiest nights of the year, when nearly 600 dinners are being served, a member put the challenge to Chef Terry Daniels, executive chef at The Club at Boca Pointe. “My grandson,” says the member to the chef, “has problems with eating. He only likes certain things. Can you make him pasta and meatballs?”

Pasta and meatballs were not even close to being on the traditional Friday menu! With members and their guests lined out the door for a near record 600 dinners, the member happily shared, “Within eight minutes, pasta and meatballs were sitting in front of my grandson who was smiling from ear to ear.”

The member is one of the club’s non-equity Premier members who joined the club about three years ago. As a Premier member, he and his wife are able to define their lifestyle without making the traditional commitment of equity, which is virtually standard for private country clubs in South Florida.

“We have a blended family,” says Helen Karpel, general manager. “We blend equity members with non-equity members. Our most popular non-equity membership is the Premier, which offers eight lifestyle categories for the seasonal to year-round resident. For the member who is barely in South Florida, our Passport membership is very popular as it gives access to the club for 30 usages in a year. Our Premier and Passport members are important to the club and treated with the same high quality of service as the equity members.”

Premier Members define their membership by choosing their own level of participation from social to adding some combination of tennis and golf. Premier Members can choose the number of months they want to use The Club at Boca Pointe, starting at a minimum of three consecutive months for the first year and four consecutive months the second year and thereafter.

Passport Memberships are designed for a “snowflake” – someone who flies in and out of Boca Raton frequently. This membership is also ideal for someone wanting a “taste” of the country club experience without the country club commitment. The 30 days are based on a rolling calendar and offer great flexibility. For example, if you use the fitness center, have lunch and dinner in the club, or even play golf, all in the same day that is considered one days’ visit of the thirty.

This is why The Club at Boca Pointe is considered so member-friendly! Our Premier membership alone has an amazing retention rate. If you want the convenience of easily filling your calendar with fun and interesting activities, wonderful food, and new long-lasting friends, while possibly adding a golf or tennis game into the mix, then we encourage you to call the membership department at 561-864-8539 to learn more!