GOLFERS’ DILEMMA: PUTT OR CHIP FROM OFF THE GREEN! Club at Boca Pointe Master PGA Pro Offers His Adice from this Boca Raton Golf Club

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The Golfers’ dilemma: to chip or putt from just off the fringe of the green! Better golfers, i.e., low handicappers, usually have more faith in their chipping ability, whereas high handicappers might feel more comfortable with the putter, says Buck Deibel, director of golf at the Club at Boca Pointe.

“There is no right or wrong choice. It is just a matter of preference,” says Mr. Deibel, PGA Master Professional.

“There are two key elements to consider. First, of course, is the condition of the grass from which you decide to putt. If it is smooth, with very little bumps, it might be worth a try putting, like even some of the pros do. Second, of course, is your own comfortable level with the putter or chip shot.

“If you elect to putt from the fringe or even slightly further back, depending on the course conditions, grip the putter using your normal putting grip. Set up as if you were going to chip the ball with the ball position off your right toe, weight on your left side, and the hand of the club forward at address. Instead of a normal putting stroke, strike the ball with a slightly descending blow. This puts top spin on the ball and causes the ball to hop which is much more effective when putting through the fringe. In most cases, you strike the ball with the same amount of force that you would normally use when putting from the green.”

You can try all the tricks of the trade on your own, but if you are like most, a private lesson makes it much easier to learn. Boca Pointe encourages you to leverage Mr. Deibel’s Master PGA professional expertise, or one of his qualified professional teaching staff, to improve your game. Call 561.864.8522 to set up an appointment today.

The Club at Boca Pointe offers residents and non-residents of the Boca Pointe community the opportunity to become a member. The membership offerings are designed to help you define your own lifestyle. The Club offers both equity memberships and non-equity memberships that are attractive to seasonal residents and year-round Florida residents. The offerings include social, tennis and golf options. Call membership today to learn more at 561.864.8539.


BOCA-POINTE 125 (2)“The number one mistake at the net: Over hitting your forehand volley. The Fix: Do not take such a large backswing,” says Gabriel Neacsu, director of tennis at the Club at Boca Pointe, where 16 Har-Tru tennis courts are kept busy with individual and league play.

“Think of your forehand volley as 80% footwork and 20% your racket. Everyone naturally over-hits his or her dominant side. Keep your racket inside your peripheral vision and keep your body moving through the shot. That way the mass of your body will help add power with control to your forehand volley. Also, it is very distracting and intimidating when your opponent sees you moving forward.”

Neacsu oversees a very robust tennis program that offers members a wide variety of opportunities on the 16 well-manicured tennis courts. There is plenty of open play where Neacsu’s staff can help members find games at their own level or help place members at the proper level for men and women’s league play, which includes countywide competitions with other country clubs in the area.

Lessons from the former Romanian doubles champion, or any of his staff, are always available whether it is for beginners or players who need a brush up on one or more aspects of their game. If you are a Tennis enthusiast, call the Club at Boca Pointe, a Boca Raton tennis club, today at 561-864-8539 to learn more about the tennis memberships available to you today!






Elvis is in the house! But, Neil Diamond was here first as far as the Club at Boca Pointe is concerned. These two performers are just part of the excitement that continues to “WOW” Boca Pointe’s memberships, even though the “season” is over.



Of course, these performers are not the real McCoy; however, they are the best of the lookalikes and sound-alikes! In fact, “Neil Diamond” is so popular that he had to play two nights at the Club at Boca Pointe, as a returning performer at the Club from last year. Every dinner show is sold out almost as soon as the reservation system opens.

“We operate the Club on a 12-month calendar even though many of our members leave for their Northern homes during the summer months,” says Helen Karpel, general manager of the only club in South Florida where members can define their own lifestyle for specific number of months. Boca Pointe is a non-mandatory equity country club, which means it offers equity and non-equity membership options for residents and non-residents of the community.

Aligned with the entertainment side, many of Boca Pointe’s “clubs within a club” operate with a “business as usual” mind-set in off-season, including the newest “What’s Up” club, which has a schedule of speakers monthly on riveting topical subjects. This group has taken off from its first meeting, welcoming members to enjoy being enlightened by experts in various fields.

In addition to entertainment, the Club has highly active card/Mahjongg rooms humming with the traditional games for the serious to casual player. If outdoors is your thing, Boca Pointe also has very active golf and tennis programs to enjoy.

Adding to the popularity of Boca Pointe is the new hot spot: the Sports and Fitness Complex. “We are seeing members who never set foot in the Club’s original Athletics Center beginning to workout. The facility is fast becoming a popular destination for members and their guests,” adds Karpel.

If you have not visited the Club at Boca Pointe, yet, we welcome you to call 561-864-8539 to set up an appointment with membership to learn about the flexible membership options and take a tour of the main clubhouse and call 561-864-8551 to set up an afternoon tour to see the beautiful Sports & Fitness Complex.


In the movie, Air Force One, Harrison Ford, playing the president, shouts to the villain: “Get off my plane.”

At the Club at Boca Pointe, Buck Deibel, the Director of Golf, is shouting to the weeds: “get off my golf course.”

With that challenge, Deibel, following the mandate from the general manager, Helen Karpel, has begun the assault on the weeks that live primarily in the rough of the championship 18-hole golf course.

“I would call it a full court press…a frontal attack. We want the weeds off our course. We’ve met with the top agronomists from our maintenance team and they’ve donned their battle gear.

“Last year, we replaced the front nine fairways with Celebration grass and we are beginning to see the benefits as we enter the growing season. We will plant Celebration grass on the back nine after the heavy-duty battle is waged against the weeds.

“By the time we re-open the back nine and the time when many of our members return in October, the course will be green with envy!”

In addition to the beautifully designed golf course at this Boca Raton golf club, the Club at Boca Pointe has a new state-of-the-art Sports & Fitness Complex, three dining destinations, two lounges, 16 Har-Tru tennis courts, card rooms, robust social calendar, and a friendly environment. Boca Pointe invites you to call 561-864-8539 to learn more about its flexible membership programs.


Boca Pointe is alive and kicking…the Club at Boca Pointe is in its “dawning of a new era” phase and the community as a whole is the talk of Boca Raton. The sense of pride is oozing among residents and members from the moment you drive through any of the magnificent new gates to the moment you step foot in the newly opened Sports and Fitness Complex or walk through the beautiful main lobby of the clubhouse to enjoy its many offerings.

Boca Pointe is the place to live and play! As a non-mandatory equity country club, there are many membership options available to you to have access to the Club’s amenities. The flexibility in Boca Pointe’s membership programs has generated much enthusiasm and interest! Whether you are retired or still working full or part-time, there are membership programs to meet your unique lifestyle interests.

By far, our hottest non-equity option is the Premier membership. This membership embodies the very essence of designing your own lifestyle. You are able to select among eight levels of activity. All eight categories include full social privileges at the Club, with the option to take purely a social membership or adding tennis and golf in some combination.

For the seasonal to year round resident, the Premier membership conveniently allows the member to start with as few as three consecutive months the first year of membership to realize how much they love it and as few as four consecutive months the second year and thereafter. The same eight categories are available to seasonal and year round Premier members. This membership offers flexibility to remain as a Premier member indefinitely. When a Premier member becomes a year round resident, this membership offers an easy transition to equity ownership if that is of interest.

Once you join, the fun will begin! First, what do we mean by social privileges? Our Premier members can fill their calendar from a very robust list of fun events. They include prime seating at the Broward Center for Broadway shows, a Showtime Series at the Club that features a wide variety of talent from music to comedy to impressionists, Marlins-Mets baseball games, art exhibits, overnight trips, a cruise, classical concert series, seminars, FAU lecture series, dance lessons, dinner dances, art classes, book club, and the list goes on and on.

Do you enjoy cards or Mahjongg? Well, Boca Pointe is the place for you! Our members are passionate about their games, whether social or competitive. Bridge, Canasta, Gin, Poker, Pinochle, we have it all! If you are a little rusty or want to get to the next level, we even have card lessons available. It is fun and offers a great forum to get to meet up with friends and meet new friends.

Did I mention the food? The food at the Club at Boca Pointe is exquisite and serves as another main attraction for members! Both our Main Dining Room, which seats close to 300 members and their guests, and Grand Café serve dinner on various nights throughout the year. There are three basic offerings: a fixed menu, daily specials, and a buffet that is often themed. Friday and Saturday are sure to bring smiles as there is entertainment in the lounge that can be enjoyed before and after dining. Happy Hour is offered six days a week, with a complimentary spread of appetizers and specially priced drinks. Members can relax and mingle, with laughter heard throughout the room. The Grand Café also serves a delicious lunch menu and Sunday Brunch.

Maybe all this sounds great to you, but you are thinking, “I’m really more into sports.” Boca Pointe is for you, too!

We have a beautiful, new Sports & Fitness Complex that is filled with choices from state-of-the-art cardiovascular equipment, free weights, aerobic type classes, spinning, and a teen activity center. Want a pedicure or manicure nearby your home? You will find daily spa services available for your convenience. Outside the complex, you will enjoy a large pool, Aquasize classes, hot tub, and splash deck for the kids. When you are ready for a break, the Freshe Pointe Café & Patio is steps away for casual eating.

Coupled with all of these privileges, members can enjoy tennis play on Boca Pointe’s 16 well maintained Har-Tru tennis courts and golf play on our newly renovated 18 hole championship golf course. Both tennis and golf offer social and competitive league play. From the beginner to experienced player, professionals are available to give lessons and encourage you to enjoy the game.

In addition to the Premier membership, the Club at Boca Pointe has several other flexible membership options you may want to consider. Residents can design a membership to best suit their lifestyle.

Recently introduced for new members, Boca Pointe offers Family Sports and Family Sports & Golf memberships to cater to the working person who wants to be active before and after work. This is an afternoon type of membership with access to the different sports departments at varied times, including tennis, the Sports & Fitness Complex, and golf. It also grants access to the main clubhouse’s “To-Go” menu and dinner one time a month on a designated Thursday. It is a great opportunity to get energized in the fitness complex before work or unwind after a hard day of work.

How about the resident who is rarely in South Florida or is too busy to take advantage of a full membership? For new members, Boca Pointe offers a unique 30 day membership to be utilized over a one year period. This membership includes access to all the amenities, based on availability, other than social and special events. It allows the “snowflake” Floridians to enjoy an equity country club environment during their short stay in Florida.

Isn’t this is a very exciting time for the whole community! With the community pride and enthusiasm running so high, we encourage you to call the membership department at 561-864-8539 to learn more about the buzz around the country club. You are also welcome to call 561-864-8551 to schedule an afternoon tour of the new, fabulous Sports & Fitness Complex. We’re just around the corner … there is no better time to visit the Club and define YOUR membership today!


summer-at-lonely-beach-1440x9001What does the summer season mean to the Club at Boca Pointe?

“Nothing really changes as our members remain well served, well fed, and entertained,” proclaims Helen Karpel, general manager of the Club at Boca Pointe, where the action never stops.

“True, many of our members are snowbirds and have left for their other residences. However, we are seeing members staying longer and more and more members making the commitment to remain in South Florida full time.

“Summer is traditionally a time that we can take a deep breath and bask in the successes of the season, while enjoying the members who remain during the off-season. This last season we set records in our dining area both for member dinners/lunches as well as catering. We do alter our dining schedule ever so slightly in off-season to reflect the number of members enjoying the club over the summer months, but the menus remain robust and the food delicious!

“A testimony of how wonderful it is to dine at Boca Pointe is the summer reciprocity program that we share among exclusive country clubs in the Palm Beach and Broward counties. We find many members from the mandatory equity country clubs often choosing the Club at Boca Pointe as their main place to dine. Friday nights are especially appealing because of our entertainment in the lounge that complements to excellent food and service, as well as catering Boca Raton.

“Throughout off-season, our social calendar of special events continues with a stream of entertainment. We have a full schedule of golf even though we are completing the renovations on the back nine. Not only do we have social golf, but we have numerous leagues going on for the men and women. Same for our tennis programs!

gym“The big draw continues to be our new Sports and Fitness Complex where we are seeing members who have never worked out before. They are trying the equipment, attending aerobic and spinning type classes, or using the pool area as their destination to meet their friends”

The Club at Boca Pointe is the place to be, a Boca Raton golf and tennis c lub… the members are friendly and the amenities state-of-the-art. We welcome you to call 561-864-8539 to learn more about the many membership offerings, which include both equity and non-equity programs


Boca_pointe_food_cateringBoca Raton is loaded with great restaurants, covering just about any type of cuisine you desire…you name it, Boca has it! However, how many fine dining restaurants offer just about any type of cuisine under one roof, made to perfection, and the capacity or know-how to effectively handle 200, 300, or even 500 dinners, pushing 600, per night?

There is probably only one such quality restaurant in Boca Raton that fits that description and it is not open to the public…it is exclusively dedicated to the members at the Club at Boca Pointe. The Club has an outstanding reputation for its superb menu and service.


While it is difficult to get a reservation at most top line restaurants in Boca Raton during the season, the Club at Boca Pointe continues to set records in the number of people it feeds during the season. Open only to members and their guests, it is not unusual for the Club at Boca Pointe serve close to 600 for its traditional Friday night dinner or 300 for Asian Night or the same numbers for a mid-week Latin night.

burgerFrom a simple sirloin hamburger to the best deli in Boca to sushi, Executive Chef Terry Daniels continues to wow the Club’s members and guests with his offerings and a wait staff that is dedicated to five-star service.

“I am blessed,” says Chef Terry, “that I have the creative freedom to satisfy the diverse taste buds of our members and their guests. I have a talented team of chefs coupled with any usually dedicated front of the restaurant team that simply glides through a night of 300 to 500 covers.

“When you go to a restaurant, there normally is little emotional attachment between the dining guests and the staff. Order the food, serve the food, and move on to the next customer. Not so at the Club at Boca Pointe where the members and the staff are like family…bonding together. That typically makes for a great dining experience.

“Our main dining room seats close to 300. We have three basic offerings:

–A fixed menu

–Daily specials

–A buffet that is often themed.

“Our elegant nightly buffets are important as it helps take the pressure off of the kitchen. At the buffet stations, we can prepare al dente offerings on the various theme nights in addition to carvings from the deli or steak offerings. Members and their guests love the experience!”

The Club at Boca Pointe provides food offerings through a number of venues six days a week during the season. The Club just opened its Freshe Pointe Café in the new Sports and Fitness Complex and has a Grand Café and Main Dining Room to its members and their guests to enjoy.

We encourage you to call membership at 561-864-8539 to set up an appointment and take a tour of the club! The facilities are fabulous.





Keeping Up with Life at the Club at Boca Pointe, a Boca Raton Country Club

BOCA-POINTE 88 (1)Community Association Notice regarding your Gate Access Devices – Programming of your Gate Access Devices is changing effective, Monday,  May 4th.  The Community Association documents grant access to Club at Boca Pointe Members into all gates behind which the Club owns property and operates facilities.  Now that the Club no longer owns a facility on the East side of Powerline, Club members will no longer be able to gain access through the resident lane of the two (2) East entrances (Gate 3 off SW 18th Street and Gate 4 off Canary Palm Drive onto Via de Sonrisa del Norte).
If you have special circumstances where your gate device is working at other gates due to the ownership of property in several areas or you have a family member in another area, etc., your device access may be altered as the Community Association will be handling this re-programming in bulk.  If this situation arises, please contact the Community Association.  A new authorization letter may be requested.
West Side Residents – Your gate device will only work at the two (2) West entrances (Gate 1 off Powerline Road and Gate 2 off SW 18th Street).
East Side Residents – Your gate device will work at the two (2) East entrances.  If you are a Club member, your device will work on the two (2) West Side gate entrances.
Club Members Living outside of Boca Pointe & East of Powerline – Your gate device will only work at the two (2) West entrances (Gate 1 off Powerline Road and Gate 2 off SW 18th Street).
If you have any questions on this matter, please contact the Community Association office at 561.395.7551.

Please be aware … on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 5th & 6th, we will be pressure cleaning the Main Clubhouse roof.

Some off-season changes staring on Monday, May 4th.

Lunch will be served in the Grand Café Wednesday through Sunday.
Lunch will be served in Freshe Pointe Cafe on Saturday and Sunday.
Dinner will be served in the Grand Café on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Dinner will be served in the Main Dining Room on Friday.
Mondays – card rooms are open from Noon to 4:00 pm.
Mondays – golf operations are closed.
Mondays – tennis is open from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Administrative offices (Accounting, Membership and Social & Entertainment) remain open Monday – Friday.
Reservations are open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Two (2) Week Buzz & General Manager Report – During the off-season, the Buzz and Monday General Manager e-blast will appear every other week.

Sports and Fitness Complex – Let’s keep the complex looking beautiful!  Please use lids on your cups for your drinks and please discard your cups and papers in the trashcans located throughout the facility.  We are installing two canopies at the pool.  Our goal is to have the first canopy installed before Memorial Day and the second canopy after Memorial Day.

Making Reservations for EventsYour cooperation is needed to make your event reservation (lecturers, seminars, book reviews, etc.) in order to properly plan and provide you a wonderful Club experience.
Your reservation is very important.  If we do not have sufficient event reservations, the event may be canceled.  If you come to an event without a reservation, we will not have the proper amount of seating, it creates disruption as we set-up additional seating and may delay the scheduled event start time.  I thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Dress Code – When coming to the Club with family and guests, please be mindful of the dress code policy.  The minimum dress code for Saturday Nights in the Grand Cafe, the Main Dining Room and Main Dining Room Lounge is “elegant casual.”
Elegant casual for
Men – long pants, collared shirts (including polo-type shirts), banded collars, collarless ‘designer’ shirts and turtlenecks.  Prohibited clothing is athletic dress; shorts, tee shirts and hats.
Women – Prohibited clothing is athletic dress; shorts and tank tops.
Denim – is permitted absent of holes or tears. 

The clubs’ rule requires members to carry and present their membership card at all times for use of all Club facilities. It is being strictly enforced.  Thank you for presenting your membership card upon entry to the club as well as for dining.
Please comply with the Club rules.  Non-compliance with the Club’s rules will create unpleasant experiences for everyone involved.

In case of an emergency you may need to know the Club’s address.  Always inform the staff of an emergency.  The staff follows the Club’s emergency procedures.
Please keep the following information handy (in your cell phone).

7144 Boca Pointe Drive, Boca Raton, FL 33433
Main Telephone Number 561.864.8500

Sports & Fitness Complex
7134 Boca Pointe Drive, Boca Raton, FL 33433
Main Telephone Number 561.864.8551 

Great Things Happening at the Club

Please make sure to read The Buzz.  We have so many great events, golf, tennis, cards, fitness, lectures and seminars, entertainment, singles and dining, to fill your day!!

The Ritual Committee is planning the Jewish High Holidays.  Our services are special and what makes them special is your involvement.  The Committee is asking anyone who wishes to have an honor (reading Torah, usher, opening and closing the arc, etc.).  Please call Teresa Barbara at 561.864.8531 or email if you would like to be part of high holidays and which honor you would like.

Come and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a buffet dinner and music [strolling guitarists playing Mariachi music from 5:30pm to 8:30pm] on Tuesday, May 5th in the Main Dining Room.  Dinner is $22.  Reservations are open.

Wine Tasting on Thursday, May 7th in the Palms at 5:00pm.  Julie Kushel, a wine consultant from Southern & Wine Spirits, will be featuring delicious wines from New Zealand.  Tasting is limited to 40 people.  Cost is $25 and reservations are open.

Join your family with your Club family for a Brunch Extravaganza to create another special memory.  Mother’s Day Brunch will be on Sunday, May 10th, in the Main Dining Room from 11:00am to 2:00pm.  Dress is Elegant Casual .  Adults are $32 and children are $17.  Reservations are open.  No cancellations after Friday, May 1st.

On Thursday, May 14th, Bring any guest to Dinner” in the Main Dining Room.  On this day, a member can bring ANY guest (a member [either single or married] may bring a couple as their guests) FOR DINNEROn this day, the guest rules DO NOT apply.  A guest can be a Boca Pointe resident or a relinquished member regardless of where they live or when they resigned from the Club [relinquished member must have left in good standing].  The invited guests must be having dinner, not just Happy Hour.


“What’s Up Group” is meeting is on Tuesday, May 19th, at 1:00pm, in the Multi-Purpose Room. The topic is ‘Get the Healthcare you Deserve!.’  Frank J. Weinstock, M.D, club member, is a Professor of Ophthalmology at NEOMED in Ohio and on the faculty of FAU and Miami medical schools.  He is retired from Canton, Ohio and has published multiple books, over two hundred articles and lectured extensively around the world.
He will discuss how to navigate the health system and how to interact with physicians, hospitals etc.

Come and celebrate Memorial Day at the Memorial Day Dinner Dance on Sunday, May 24th, at 6:30pm for Cocktails and 7:00pm for Dinner in the Main Dining Room with DJ Dan Beck.  Dress is Elegant Casual and cost is $42. Reservations are open.  No cancellations after Friday, May 15th.

Memorial Day Pool Party on Monday, May 25th, from noon until 3:00pm, at the Sports & Fitness Complex Pool.  Come and listen to the music by singer Da Professor along with a DJ!

Don’t miss next season’s Showtime Series.  The 2015-2016 Showtime Series includes five amazing shows [one of the five shows is a dinner show] with cookies, brownies, tea/coffee after each show.
To reserve your seat or for additional details, please call Jane Young at 561.864.8517.  The cost is $225 all inclusive.

For the Boca Pointe Singles:
Ø   On Thursday, May 21st, Boca Unos and the TLC Club will go on the Delray Yacht and lunch [on your own] on Atlantic Avenue in Delray.  Bus departs Boca Pointe at 10:15am, enjoy lunch [on your own] on Atlantic Avenue and then the bus will pick you up at the drop off location on Atlantic Avenue at 12:45pm for a 1:00pm yacht check in.  Sail on this beautiful yacht from 1:30pm to 3:45pm!  Cost is $40 which includes bus and yacht trip.  We need 34 members to attend, reservations are required by May 14th and no cancellations.
Ø  On Monday, June 8th, there will be an Inter-Club Single’s Dinner Out at Copenhagen Restaurant in Boynton Beach.  Meet and mingle with members from Boca West, Indian Springs, Boca Lago, Boca Resort, Gleneagles, Addison Reserve, Boca Woods, Polo Club, Wycliffe, Hunters Run and Broken Sound.  Mingle from 6:00pm to 6:30pm and enjoy dinner after.  Cost is $33 which includes one glass of wine, soup and salad and choice of one of five entrees [not necessary to select your entree ahead of time]Reservations are required by Friday, May 29th and no cancellations.
Ø   Check the flyer rack for all the Boca Unos events!



Who needs to go to a seafood restaurant to enjoy a delicious lobster dinner? For members at the Club at Boca Pointe, it is as one the hottest item on the Saturday night menu!

“We offer a two-pound lobster dinner every Saturday night, which must be ordered by Thursday. Our members enjoy it so much that it is common to see members invite their nearest and dearest friends to enjoy it with them!” says Executive Chef Terry Daniels who oversees the ordering of this delicious crustacean.

“We have a great supplier who provides us with the sweetest two-pounders in the area,” declares Chef Terry. “Our two-pound lobster dinner comes complete with all the trimmings. This includes soup, salad, two sides, and dessert,” he adds.

“It is not unusual for us to be serving close to 30 lobsters on Saturday night during the season. Many of our members look forward to this offering. It is quite a sight to see our wait staff carry the lobsters out of the kitchen,” he exclaims with a smile.


The Club at Boca Pointe offers dinner to its members nearly every night between its two clubhouse restaurants – the Main Dining Room and Grand Café. Members can choose between a fixed menu, buffet that is often themed, and daily specials. Fridays and Saturdays also offer fun entertainment in the lounge during dinner hours ranging alternately between Latin, Rock-n-Roll, Disco, and Big Band.


We welcome you to call membership at 561-864-8539 to learn more about Boca Pointe’s many membership opportunities, ranging from equity to non-equity programs, for both year-round and seasonal Floridians.