Are all yips in golf the same? That is the perplexing question golfers face daily…pros and amateurs alike.

“Yips are yips,” says Buck Deibel, Director of Golf at the Club at Boca Pointe where you can play golf as an equity member or design your own membership as part of the club’s Premier program.

“Yips are not just associated with putting. Yips can occur virtually in any part of your game. True that most golfers get the yips in putting, but the dreaded yips can be associated with chipping or just about any other swing.”

So what are the yips?

The “yips” in golf is a movement disorder known to interfere with the golf swing. Many different terms such as twitches, staggers, jitters and jerks are used to describe yips. The yips affect between one-quarter and one-half of all mature golfers.

The “yips” is caused by anxiety, fear, doubt and over control. The thoughts that race through your mind may be so quick that you don’t even notice them. Thoughts like “Am I putting too hard?” or “Am I putting too soft” might pop up as you are swinging your club. These thoughts then cause the anxiety, fear or doubt that results in a “jabbed putt or jerky swing.” These little twitches and jerky movements cause the club to change direction, producing poor results and shaking ones confidence to the core.

BOCA POINTE 220 golf double men sandtrapSo, how can you get rid of this anxiety and doubt, and finally cure the yips? Many people try positive thinking and it often helps. However, as Bobby Jones stated when asked about how many swing thoughts he had prior to his swing,

“If I have two swing thoughts, I have no chance at all. If I have one, maybe I’ll have a good shot. If I have none, then I can play like Bobby Jones.”

“An effective cure for the yips must allow you to clear your mind, not fill it with more stuff. More knowledge won’t do it. More lessons won’t do it. So then, what will? You can clear your mind by actually getting rid of the beliefs that cause your doubt and anxiety. Beliefs like ‘Mistakes are bad’ and ‘I’m not good at putting’ or negative expectations about putting all contribute to the yips,” says Deibel, one of about 200 Master PGA professional golf instructors. Deibel adds, “Other options to consider are simply changing something (i.e. your grip or your focus looking at the target or another focal point other than the ball).”

The Club at Boca Pointe has a beautiful 18 hole championship golf course waiting for you to join the club and work out the kinks in your game! We welcome you to call the membership department today at 561-864-8539 to find the membership that best suits your interests! Memberships vary from year-round to seasonal, equity to non-equity!


BP AC frontWhew! Busy really means busy when it comes to activities at the new Sports and Fitness Complex at the Club at Boca Pointe., where members can spend their day just “hanging out.”

Sherri Giannone, director of athletics, has put together an exciting schedule for members of the only country club in South Florida that allows its members to define their own lifestyle based on how long they are in the Sunshine State.

Just take a look:

September: This is Men’s Health Month with special workout sessions on September 13th, 20th, and 27th from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., featuring Pedro, one of the Club’s highly qualified class instructors. There is also a lecture on Men’s Health being given by Dr. Sloan, an expert on lifestyle adjustment for older adults, on September 26th at 11:30 a.m.

October: There is a Member Participation Program of sailing from Miami to London through a special series of activities at the Fitness Center. The Fall schedule of classes begins on October 5th. To relax, there is a Spa Promotional Saturday, October 10th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the lobby. Let’s not forget the cute Halloween Costume Parade of Children on Saturday, October 31st at 9:00 a.m.

November: There is a Fitness Expo featuring health professionals providing information and mini assessments on Saturday, November 14th, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Boca Helping Hands food collection of non-perishables will also be available to donate from November 1st to 21st.

December: Toys for Tots collection will be available for donations. You can showcase your dogs at special Yappy Hour Event, being hosted December 6th at the front of the main clubhouse’s golf driving range, which will the benefit the Tri County No Kill Shelter. And, don’t miss the Children’s Carnival on December 28th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Then, of course, there is the daily workouts … whether you like to burn some calories in the new state-of-the-art Fitness Complex with aerobic type classes or on fitness equipment or if play tennis and want to try your skills on one of the 16-Har Tru courts. After the workout, you can enjoy swimming and “sunning” at the Club pool or lunching at the Freshe Pointe Café.

The Club at Boca Pointe has it all! The Sports and Fitness Complex is just one of the amazing amenities available to members. The main clubhouse offers dining, happy hour, cards, Mah Jongg, social events, and a beautiful 18 hole championship golf course. If you’re not a member, yet, we invite you to call the Club at 561-864-8539 to learn more about the equity and non-equity membership available for year-round and seasonal members!


Megan Hall, well-known in the Northeast for not only training top young players, but developing new tennis programs, has been appointed director of tennis at the Club at Boca Pointe, according to Helen Karpel, general manager.

“We Tennis_Racket_and_Ballsare delighted to have Megan join our Club. Last year, we had the opportunity to watch Megan work with our members and youngsters during the season. Everyone was very impressed with both her ability on the court and her enthusiasm.

“Her high energy added a new level of excitement to our tennis program. So, when the opportunity arose, it was an easy choice to bring her aboard full-time as director of tennis.”

Megan was one of the tennis professionals at the Spratley Tennis Academy in South Florida when she trained competitive, top-ranked international tennis players. She was also an assistant tennis professional at the Agawam Hunt Country Cub in Rumford, Rhode Island, as well as serving as heads coach for the girls and boys tennis teams at the Providence Country Day Private School.

Last year, Megan was ranked No. 3 in New England’s Women’s Single Open division and is a 5.0 NTRP ranked player.


Golf course? Every country club has it!   Tennis? Every country club has it! Fitness center? Yep, everyone has one!

Clowns?   You’re kidding, right? Only one country club can boast that it has not one clown but a whole troupe of clowns! And, that is the Club at Boca Pointe where members can select among many membership types to define their lifestyle year-round or seasonally while in Florida.900x506

Thanks to the workings of Harriet Rubin, who is a “professional” clown, along with being a tennis player, head of the ever-popular Boca Pointe Performing Scam Troupe, and active volunteer, as well as a long-standing member at the Club at Boca Pointe. Now, she can add a Clown Troupe to her portfolio.Why clowns? Harriet, better known as “Florabelle the Clown,” is a speech pathologist by training, but at the Club at Boca Pointe, she is known as a mover and shaker.

The Clown Troupe really enjoys it and literally can’t wait for their next assignment. E.J. Dopkin, better known as “Silly Dilly,” shared how she was so excited to have youngsters and their parents keep taking pictures of her at a recent appearance at the children’s museum. “It was my debut as a clown, but I felt like I was doing clowning my whole life.”   Joel Meisner describes himself as “a big Halloween guy” so JJ Clown is the perfect outlet.

“When Harriet sets her mind to do something, there is no stopping her,” says Helen Karpel, general manager of the Club at Boca Pointe, where members can enjoy the privileges of participating in a country club lifestyle without even living in the Boca Pointe community.

“Harriet is a dynamo. She works harder than any other member in doing things that not only benefit club members, but the community in general, like the Scam Troupe that dramatizes to seniors how to be careful of scam artists. While heading this, she also started a clown school for members and non-members. She trained more than a dozen clowns who now perform at a variety of events throughout the area.

“For Boca Pointe members, Harriet started the highly popular ‘What’s Up’ group. Although not a new concept, she has brought amazing speakers to the Club, where 25 to 50 members meet monthly on various topical subjects at no cost to them. She is like the energizer bunny…in addition to all of these activities throughout the year, she also organizes a Volunteer Fair every year and volunteers her time.”

What’s in it for Harriet with all her activities? I love people. I love the camaraderie. It’s just part of my nature,” she says. Or, was that Florabelle talking?

If these activities sound interesting to you, imagine being a member at the Club at Boca Pointe where you can take part in these activities as well as an amazing list of social events set up by the Club’s social director. We welcome you to call the membership department today at 561-864-8539 to learn about the many membership options available to you!


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Members at the Club at Boca Pointe are being challenged with a new workout program that is unique and very popular. The program is called “Brain Fitness.” According to Boca Pointe’s Director of Athletics, Sherri Giannone, “We exercise our bodies; now it’s time to exercise our brains.

“Research has shown that by adding brainteasers to your daily routine your brain activity can increase overall. You can improve your memory and your brain processing speed. These workouts help to reduce boredom and help concentration get stronger.

“This workout incorporates hand–eye coordination games with mind puzzles and memory games. You can keep your brain active and your mind healthy with brain workouts.

“Since we opened our new Sports & Fitness Complex, we are seeing more and more members using the facility, whether it is the treadmill, nu-step cycles or weight training. We’ve been incorporating new programs and classes on a regular basis and the payoff has been increased attendance and usage.

“Now we are adding a new weekly class to keep the brain active while having some fun and share these moments with other members.”

If you are not a member of the Club at Boca Pointe, a Boca Raton country club, we welcome you to call membership at 561-864-8539 to learn about our many membership options to meet your unique lifestyle needs.


UN_flags_access_copy1It’s the United Nations… No, it’s the Club at Boca Pointe…a country club that blends and creates friends of all backgrounds with its unique flavor…

  • A country club where members can define their own lifestyle for the amount of time they are living in Boca Raton or its surrounding areas …
  • A country club where someone from London might be playing golf with someone from Montreal or where a Brooklynite will be battling someone from the Bronx on the tennis courts.
  • A country club where duplicate bridge players might be paired with someone from Toronto, Brooklyn and Paris in a truly worldwide accepted game.

That’s the flavor of the Club at Boca Pointe, the only equity owned club in South Florida where you can experience the traditional country club living without living on the property. The Club at Boca Pointe caters its membership offerings to welcome members who live in Florida year-round or are seasonal from across the world!

“We are a non-mandatory equity country club in South Florida where members are not required to live in the community,” says Helen Karpel, General Manager. “We have a wide variety of memberships to meet the needs of not only full time residents in South Florida but those who decide to only do their winter months in South Florida.

“It’s not unusual to see members from different parts of the world coming together for a round of golf, tennis or enjoying a game of bridge, canasta or Mahjongg. Of course, our dining room reflects the tastes of the world with traditional Friday night buffets, to Asian night, Latin night and much more.”

We welcome you to call membership at 561-864-8539 to learn more. All are welcome!


Late life changes are inevitable and when they happen, they can be traumatic -whether it is the loss of loved one or simple retirement. It happens, but life goes on…especially when you are in an environment that is conducive to meeting people who have warm hearts and a welcoming smile that simply says, “come join us.”

That’s the calling card of the Club at Boca Pointe, the unique non-mandatory equity country club in South Florida that offers many lifestyle options including seasonal memberships for residents and non-residents of the Boca Pointe community.

“One of the Club’s many characteristics is its ability to help new members assimilate,” says Helen Karpel, General Manager and one of the architects of the Club’s highly successful Premier Membership program. “Through the years, we have recognized the need to help members adapt to a new lifestyle as their own lives have changed, either through the loss of a loved one or retirement.

“We offer a number of different ways for members to assimilate into club life while they are building a new future for themselves. For example, we have two groups—Moving Forward and Today Life Continues—that help those who lost a loved one recently. These are not the typical bereavement groups; these are ‘let’s do things’ type of groups.”

intimae dining In addition, the Club at Boca Pointe has a very active Boca Unos club for singles. The Boca Unos participate in many interclub social events with other country clubs and special events at home. Recently, the Club created a Club Table in its dining rooms for certain events. If you are single or a couple looking to join other members rather than dine alone, the table is there for you. Like going to the dining room on a cruiseship and the maître d’ asks if you “want to share or eat alone.”

Ms. Karpel explains, “the name of the game is helping members blend in with the Boca Pointe way of living and enjoy what life has to offer.   This perspective is the hallmark of our success!”

Boca Pointe welcome you to call the membership department at 561-864-8539 to learn more about the many membership options available to you, both equity and non-equity.

“Get Fit with Fido” A Dog Walk to Benefit Tri-County Animal Shelter in Boca Raton

dog walkYou can walk the treadmill or pump the irons or participate in the unique “chair aerobics” all day long at the Club at Boca Pointe’s new Sports and Fitness Complex. But, did you know that Boca Pointe members can now exercise with your dog? This is true. On Saturday, August 29 at 9:00 a.m., Boca Pointe’s Sports and Fitness Complex will host its first Annual Pet Walk!

This is a new way to exercise with your dog. The goal of this event is to raise funds for Boca Raton’s Tri-County Animal Shelter while providing a fun way to workout with your furry friend. All dogs must be leashed in order to participate. Fresh water and treats will be provided for the pets.

A $20 minimum donation is being collected for the Tri-County Animal Shelter to help provide care and find a “forever homes” for homeless animals. It is not necessary to bring a pet to participate in this event! All donations are greatly appreciated.


burgerHamburgers are to today’s palate as apple pie and ice cream are to the American dessert table. In simple terms, hamburgers are a hot bill of fare.

And, if you have any doubt, just check around your neighborhood! Hamburger joints are popping up all over. It’s the hamburger craze!

Don’t count out the Club at Boca Pointe’s Executive Chef Terry Daniels … his creative mind is never at rest when it comes to culinary ideas! He is planning a new Tuesday night venture in hamburger haven.

While the Club at Boca Pointe always uses only prime meat for its hamburgers, this night will further enhance our members’ fun and be different than all the others…

“Marcy Burger” named after the popular dining room manager Grilled House-Made Steak Burger with Butter Poached Half Lobster, Béarnaise Sauce, Heirloom Tomato and Boston Bibb Lettuce on Toasted Brioche Bun

Suggested Side: Lyonnaise Potatoes

Suggested Drink: Kendal Jackson Chardonnay

“Scarlett Burger” named after the long-time dining room manager Jamaican Jerk Grilled House-Made Steak Burger with Goat Cheese, Fresh Avocado, Baby Arugula and Mango Salsa on Toasted Challah Bun

Suggested Side: Sweet Plantains

Suggested Drink: Rum Runner

“Chef Terry Burger” named after the executive chef Pittsburgh Steelers House-Made Steak Burger with Crispy Onions, Smoked Gouda Cheese, Crispy Pork Belly, Oven-Dried Tomatoes and Boston Bibb Lettuce on Toasted Pretzel Roll with Tarragon-Dijon Aioli

Suggested Side: House-Made Fries

Suggested Drink: Yuengling Lager

“Helen Burger” named after the club’s general manager Roasted Salmon Burger with Crispy Caper Berries, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Boston Bibb Lettuce and Heirloom Tomatoes on Toasted Brioche Bun

Suggested Side: Potato Latkes

Suggested Drink: Tanqueray and Tonic

“Chef Guillermo Burger” named after one of the sous chefs Pan Seared House-Made Steak Burger with Manchego Cheese, Onion and Brandied Cherry Marmalade, Seared Foie Gras, Quail Egg and Hydroponic Arugula on Toasted Brioche

Suggested Side: Truffle Fries

Suggested Drink: Old Fashion

“Chef Chris Burger” named after another of the sous chefs House-Made Turkey Burger with Maytag Blue Cheese, Caramelized Oyster Mushrooms, Oven-Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes and Crispy Shallots on Fresh Baked Challah Bun

Suggested Side: Scallion Mashed Potato

Suggested Drink: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

“Alfonso Burger” named after one of the head bartender Grilled House-Made Steak Burger with Grilled Chorizo, Chimichurri, Crispy Queso Fresco and Kalamata Olive Tapenade on Fresh Baked Challah Bun

Suggested Side: Crispy Yucca with Cilantro Aioli

Suggested Drink: Alamos Malbec

Chef Pan Burger named after one of the sous chefs

Chef Pan Burger” named after another of the sous chefs House-Made Tofu Burger with Avocado, Alfalfa Sprouts, Roasted Red Pepper, Roasted Zucchini, Grilled Red Onion, Bib Lettuce, Heirloom Tomato and Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella on Fresh Baked Challah Bun

Suggested Side: Greek Cucumber Salad

Suggested Drink: Kendal Jackson Chardonnay

The Club at Boca Pointe never disappoints! Tuesday’s hamburger extravaganza is certain to bring smiles and laughter to our members, along with a very satisfied palate!   If this sounds like fun to you, we welcome you to call membership at 561-864-8539 to learn more about the many membership options available to residents and non-residents, including both equity and non-equity memberships.

The Evolution of the TLC Club –

After the loss of my spouse of 54 years, there was a void in my life. I wanted to be around people who wanted to move on and had a positive outlook on life, just as I was striving so hard to do. There were lots of support groups, bereavement groups and singles groups but what was missing was a women’s group for widows, divorcees, and singles.

A friend of mine in Queens, who was widowed ten years ago, had told me about her women’s group, and I reached out to her to learn what it was all about. I was impressed by the camaraderie the women formed. I had my “eureka” moment! I knew it was my time to start a women’s group right here in Boca Pointe!

I shared my idea with Jane Young, the Social Director at Boca Pointe Country Club and Helen Karpel, the Club Manager. They gave their approval and full support.

Now that I had management on board, I had to figure out how to get this off the ground. First and foremost, I needed a name. The women’s club in Queens was called “TLC” – Tackling Life’s Challenges. I told my creative granddaughter about my club’s name. She said: “I like TLC, but it needs to stand for something positive. You should call it ‘Today Life Continues.’” The second I heard it I knew it was perfect! It was everything I wanted this club to represent. I now had a name and my next task was getting the word out.

Lucky for me, my dear friend and neighbor, Charlotte Spalter – who was widowed six months after me – is a computer “guru.” She jumped right in and before I knew it, our first email was sent. Our committee was formed: Charlotte, Jane and myself.

At our first meeting on June 26th, 2014, we had 14 women in attendance. I am proud to say that one year later, we have over 125 members. I feel such fulfillment and joy when I see the women of the TLC Club greeting each other throughout the club and seeing the bonds we have all formed.

Over the past year, we have enjoyed trips to museums, heard great speakers, spent a day on a cruise, went out to dinners and so much more!

Recently, one of our members was written up on the front page of The New York Times. She published her first children’s book at the age of 80! Her new friends from the TLC Club were so happy for her. As a result of this amazing accomplishment, we asked her to speak about her recent experiences at our next TLC meeting; it was warmly received.

It is a wonderful thing at our age for us to have a whole new network of friends to share milestones and good times with. The TLC Club has given our lives more meaning and fun. Each individual gets something different out of this new-found club.

Here are some quotes from a few select members:

  • “This TLC Club makes me a very happy camper.”
  • “I have met some very wonderful women and for the first time, I feel alive.”
  • “Best thing that happened to me since I started living in Boca Pointe Country Club.”
  • “The TLC Club is not so much about what we do, but who we meet along our journey. The club has proven that many friendships have evolved and many women no longer feel alone.”

The success of this club has come from the wonderful members who attend each and every event with the attitude that “Today Life Continues.” It is with the help of Jane Young and all the volunteers who plan and execute our events, that we have been able to do such great things. I hope everyone has enjoyed the past year as much as I have.

To all my new friends at TLC: thank you for all your hard work and support. Let us continue to celebrate TODAY together!!

If you are a member of the Club at Boca Pointe and are interested in joining the TLC Club, please contact Alice Struhl at 394-5136 or alicestruhl@gmail.com or Charlotte Spalter at 394-3560 or charspalt@aol.com. If you are not a member, yet, please call the membership department at 561-864-8539 to learn more about the many membership options at The Club at Boca Pointe, a Boca Raton country club, that give you access to amazing opportunities like the TLC Club.