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!



“The new Sports and Fitness Complex at The Club at Boca Pointe is not only beautiful and highly functional but on budget and expected to open by early February of 2015. Our members will enjoy working out, spa services, aerobic type classes, a teen room, steam and sauna, hot tub, a pool and so much more in this newly designed facility!” beams a proud Helen Karpel, general manager.

“We have one company and one man to thank for the amazing new Sports and Fitness Complex. It is New York Design Collaborative, Inc., and the company’s president, Bill Buscaglia. The company, actually Bill primarily, was responsible for the conceptual design while his team of licensed architects, engineers and interior designers did all of the architectural renderings and construction drawings so that contractors could bid on the job.” Ms. Karpel explains.

One of the most, if not the most, important areas of responsibility is to ensure the construction company not only follows the plans, but also stays on budget and meets tight timelines, which Bill has managed beautifully. He works with the construction company and, when necessary, the sub-contractors as well. The challenges are very simple: what is in an architectural drawing may not turn out to be so easy to accomplish…so they have to find solutions while staying within budget. Not surprising, they have accomplished these goals well, leveraging their professional expertise.

In addition, Bill and his team have been working closely with Palm Beach County Building Inspectors to ensure all of the permits are obtained and inspections approved. “Palm Beach County Building codes are very strong. The inspectors know their stuff. If they see something that they don’t like, even though it was approved in the original drawings, they have the right to ask for changes. We have to make these changes or find a solution that satisfies them. So far, we have had a good working relationship with all the building inspectors for each specialty, and we do not foresee any problems in getting a certificate of occupancy,” Mr. Buscaglia states confidently.
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“There are always challenges when you build a new structure and match it with an existing structure as we are doing with the new Sports and Fitness Complex and the existing building. The inspectors took long hard looks at the roofing, and with modifications here and there, they signed off on it – that was a very important inspection.” as Mr. Buscaglia breathes a celebratory sigh of relief.

Our members are going to love the new facility. It is bright, roomy and functional. The rooms flow from the entrance throughout the entire facility. It is going to be a “WOW” factor from the new look in the café area to the functioning exercise rooms. The pool area will have a facelift, too…to complement the newly designed 20,000 square foot Sports and Fitness Complex.

The unveiling of the new Sports and Fitness Complex will be as exciting as our newly designed lobby unveiled last year, which was also managed by Bill and his company. The Club at Boca Pointe is transforming before our eyes! The dawning of a new era continues to add excited anticipation for members to enjoy enhanced privileges at the club!

Here’s a sneak peak….
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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!


The highlight of the season for many golfers is traditionally the men and women’s member guest tournament to showcase their club. It is no different this year at The Club at Boca Pointe except with one notably, exciting additional opportunity that will benefit all residents of the Boca Pointe community as well as those competing in the tournaments.

When members and their guests tee it up on January 29th, 2015, for the men and March 9th, 2015, for the women, they will have a chance to win a 2015 Chevrolet Equinox or 2015 Mazda CX-5. These prizes, worth more than $25,000, are from Lou Bachrodt Coconut Creek Chevrolet/Mazda located just six miles south of Boca Pointe on 441. Lou Bachrodt Coconut Creek Chevrolet/Mazda is one of the closest dealerships to Boca Pointe and has a great selection of new and pre-owned vehicles.

During the tournament day, residents of the community are welcome to come to the front of the clubhouse to see both vehicles up close. There will be details available to learn about special offers for Boca Pointe residents.

“We are excited to be a part of the Boca Pointe community,” says Erick Nunez, General Manager of Lou Bachrodt Coconut Creek Chevrolet/Mazda. “We invite all Boca Pointe residents to view the cars that will be positioned at the main entrance of the Club. We will have a special discount on sales and service for all Boca Pointe residents who come to see the cars during these special events. We look forward to a great day and a wonderful new partnership.”

“We are about six miles from the Club and offer a wide variety of cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles to fit all budgets and lifestyles. Chevrolet and Mazda are some of the most awarded vehicles on the road, and we invite all to come and experience all that Lou Bachrodt Coconut Creek has to offer… from our award-winning sales and service teams to our state-of-the-art collision center. We are here for you and look forward to a long-standing relationship with the members and residents of Boca Pointe.” shares Mr. Nunez.

“We would love for someone to win the car. That would be exciting for the dealership and of course the tournaments.” says Mr. Nunez. Of course, winning a car for tournament players is easy, right? “Sure” assures Buck Deibel, Director of Golf for the Club. “All a member or guest has to do is ace the par three 17th hole. For the men, the hole will play 171 yards and for the ladies, it will play a 135 yards. It is not impossible. We have had hole in ones many times during the season, but then again put a car on the line and that changes the dynamics quite a bit. It adds a little more tension.” smiles Mr. Deibel.

The Club at Boca Pointe hosts a men’s and women’s member guest tournament each season and members eagerly mark their calendars in anticipation. This tournament is one of many exciting opportunities in the golf program along with fun social play. If you are a golfer and not a member of this Boca Raton Golf Club, yet, we welcome you to call membership at 561-864-8539 to learn about the many options available to fit your lifestyle interests.