The Dawning of a New Era at The Club at Boca Pointe Welcomes Change and Embraces Exhilarating Progression

What’s going on at The Club at Boca Pointe? You drive by the Boca Pointe clubhouse and community and see that change is in the air, as curiosity and excitement wells up in your heart.

Forward-thinking is the approach taken by The Club at Boca Pointe, a country club in Boca Raton. The Club continually provides its members with reasons to be proud of their beautiful, active country club with so many amenities! “We expect the Club to be even more popular as our South Florida neighbors and seasonal guests learn more about our new, exciting projects underway!” shares Helen Karpel, General Manager.

What is going on you ask? Where to begin! The Club is actively renovating it golf course, as well as a constructing a new state-of-the-art sports & fitness complex conveniently located near the clubhouse, in addition to our clubhouse’s main lobby being beautifully redesigned and updated this last summer. Moreover, our community association is upgrading many of our security gate entrances along with building new displays at the crossroads of Boca Pointe (at Powerline Road and SW 18th Street). It is going to be beautiful!

The Golf renovations are progressing wonderfully well! The crew is diligently working and optimistic that the new irrigation system will be finished for all 18 holes on time or ahead of schedule. Once the irrigation system is completed on the front nine, planting of the new Celebration grass will be done in July. “We expect this to give us enough time to have healthy front nine fairways by season, barring no unexpected weather conditions.” Karpel says. The back nine has undergone sod replacement around the tee boxes and the collars around the greens. This has created a plush, healthy, revitalized look for our golfers to enjoy. The back nine fairways will be replaced during off-season of 2015 to complete the golf course renovations.

Coupled with the golf course renovations, we are making great strides with the construction of our new, state-of-the-art Sports and Fitness Complex that will encompass the existing center court. “This, too, is on or ahead of schedule,” Karpel delights. “Walls are going up, the foundation has been laid, and work is progressing. Once the walls and roof are finished, the construction crews will be working inside on what we think will be a ‘wow’ destination for our members. Dine casually during the day, go for a swim, workout, play tennis, enjoy other new amenities, or just hang out! This will be the ‘in’ place to be.”

Undoubtedly, in a short time, we will reap the fruit of all our labor! We are entering into a fabulous new era for our members! Don’t miss out. If you are not a member, yet, please call 561-864-8539 to learn more about the many lifestyle membership options available to meet your personal interests.

SOCIAL CALENDAR HEATS UP OPEN FOR NEW SEASON AT THE CLUB AT BOCA POINTE

playbill coverWhat do the Michael Jackson Immortal Tour, The Bronx Wanderers, The Lion King, and first-run movies have in common?

The answer is very simple … The Club at Boca Pointe! Right here, under your nose, taking place on your campus. This all comes with being a member of The Club at Boca Pointe, which is excitedly part of the dawning of a new era and the renaissance of the entire community.

Jane Young, the Club’s social director, has put together a calendar of events for the 2014-2015 season that is a showstopper, not to mention the wonderful entertainment still being enjoyed this summer. July and August have such diverse events planned for our members to enjoy.

Big screen movies in the Club’s Main Dining Room before they are even available in regular theaters! This is what Jane Young has put together for Thursday nights, once a month, from June through the start of the season. Moreover, she invites a film critic to have an open discussion with you after previewing the movie, with a surprise visit from an actor on occasion. All of this for only $5…a price that is really priceless!

What else is on the horizon in July and August?

Impressionist/Singer Suzi Cruz and comedian Larry Larkin are sure not to disappoint as they appear in a special Showtime and Dinner at the Club with their captivating musical comedy act. Also on the Club’s campus, Marlene and Chet Solender will provide an insightful presentation on the life of Johnny Mercer, aka “The Pixie from Dixie.” Then, there are the fun trips, arranged by Boca Pointe, that bring many smiles and friendly camaraderie. Members will travel to the Broward Stage Door Theatre for a fantastic trip down memory lane at the show “On the Radio: Sounds of the 70’s.” Moreover, there are trips to Palm Beach Dramaworks to view “The Most Happy Fella” and the Actor’s Playhouse for the showing of “Mid-Life2!” And, there is so much more!

These events are following other extraordinary entertainment. Boca Pointe hosted the Israeli Scouts Caravan in June. This is a group of young adults, ages 16 and 17, who sing numerous Hebrew songs along with dancing that is directed by top Israeli directors. They travel to America and have appeared on 12 different TV shows as well as performed across many venues including Boca Pointe! This was a night to remember for our members!

So, what’s with the Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour? Well, it is one of the top 10 grossing music tours of all time. While the show could not be booked at the Club because its calendar is so full and tight, Jane Young was able to secure amazing prime seats at the BB&T Center this past May, with members sitting in rows 18 to 21! As with all our trips, this was a hassle-free event with a ride from the Club to the front door of the performance center then a relaxing, care-free ride back to the Club – no traffic, no tension, no worries – just a whole lot of fun!

For the upcoming season, Jane Young has so much planned that your calendar will be exploding!

Do you like the theater? Take your pick of prime seating at the Broward Center for such shows as Annie, Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Motown, The Musical, Pippin, and Anything Goes.

Is music your cup of tea? DuDu Fisher, the renowned Israeli cantor and Broadway star, is bringing a musical journey of Hebrew, Yiddish and Broadway favorites. DuDu is part of the Community Performing Arts Series at Spanish River Church. That’s right, a church. Jane Young has tickets available to our members for this series that is sure to be amazing.

Following on the heels of a sellout success of the Neil Diamond Tribute at the Club, Jane Young also has The Bronx Wanderers returning after great success last season. Only this time, this five-person showstopper featuring a father and two-sons will be on a Sunday night as part of a dinner show in the Main Dining Room, Jan. 25, 2015 – another first for the Club. This group brings joyful intensity to Rock n’ Roll favorites from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s!

When it comes to your calendar, do you like to mix it up a little? Well, The Bronx Wanderers are one of six in the Club’s Showtime Series that features a wide variety of talent from music to comedy to impressionists. This series has become a Friday night entertainment staple to so many of our members and is available as a series purchase. Individual show tickets may also become available.

Tired yet? Well, among all the special club events there are plenty of additional regular fun social events from seeing a Marlins-Mets baseball game to art exhibits to many additional lively club events, including day and overnight trips, a cruise, classical concert series, seminars, FAU lecture series, dance lessons, dinner dances, art classes, card lessons, book club, and the list goes on and on!

For those of you who are single, there are events for you to mix and mingle with other singles. Boca Unos organizes Happy Hour once a month and invites several country clubs to join them at our Club where singles can socialize with longtime friends and make new friends. Similarly, there is the Inter-Club, which offers single events to enjoy once a month among 12 local country clubs, both on the Boca Pointe campus and hosted at other clubs.

Single ladies, we even have something extra special for you! While many new friends will be made as laughter and fun abound through Boca Unos and the Inter-Club, there is also a new single women’s group being introduced that will foster companionship by attending events together, creating friendly bonds and an inter-network to help one another have a much fuller life.

And, for those inclined to add some physical activities to their lifestyle, Boca Pointe has the Athletics Center with many workout programs along with the wonderful anticipation for the new Sports and Fitness Center to open its doors late this year. Furthermore, if you are a golf or tennis player, a fresh looking golf course will continue to “wow” golfers as well as the highly active programming offered in both tennis and golf for all types of players – the competitive and social minded.

Membership, certainly has its privileges, but at The Club at Boca Pointe, there are memberships to fit everyone’s lifestyle—whether its 12-months a year or seasonal. Residents can design a membership to best suit their lifestyle.

Whatever your interests, we have it. You pick your lifestyle at The Club at Boca Pointe!

TODAY LIFE CONTINUES (TLC) SINGLE WOMEN FIND WONDERFUL COMPANIONSHIP AT THE CLUB AT BOCA POINTE

Are you a single woman, full of life and desire to have fun but uncertain how to get involved when it is just you? Well, The Club at Boca Pointe offers a great solution to allow new friends to be gained and great times to be had with others! The Club is more than a Boca Raton Golf Course!

Single women at The Club at Boca Pointe are now enjoying a new group, the TLC Club, which is for single women (widowed, divorced, single or have lost significant others). The focus is on living a fuller life and sharing fun things together. Some of us may know the acronym TLC as “tender loving care.” Well, “Today’s Life Continues” aligns well with this saying. Do you remember the television series “Friends” and the theme song, “where everybody knows your name?” Well, the TLC club fosters this sentiment. It is an opportunity to form a bond with many women with a similar lifestyle.
Meetings are held once a month and are open to Boca Pointe members only. Some of the great activities to look forward to include: inspirational speakers, lunches, dinners, sharing interesting articles and experiences, etc. The group even organizes carpools for all the TLC participants to join the festivities.

The first meeting was fabulous! It was held on a Thursday, in the multipurpose room. Following the meeting, the women enjoyed dinner together at the Club (charged to individual membership accounts) and, after dinner, a wonderful lecture on Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra for a minimal charge of $5 per person charge. If you’re a single woman and member of Boca Pointe, we encourage you to contact Alice Struhl at 394-5136, alicestruhl@gmail.com or Charlotte Spalter at 394-3560, charspalt@aol.com to learn more. If you’re a single woman and not a member of Boca Pointe, yet, call the membership department at 561-864-8539 to learn about the many membership options at The Club at Boca Pointe.

THE CLUB AT BOCA POINTE SETS CELEBRATION FOR GOLF COURSE

We’re going to have a Celebration!
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That’s right, the Club at Boca Pointe is launching an important Celebration…a Celebration that will rank Boca Pointe’s beautifully designed championship golf course among the top in South Florida, according to Buck Deibel, Director of Golf for this non-mandatory, equity country club.

Deibel heads The Club at Boca Pointe research team. He has held numerous meetings, discussions with agronomists, and visited other golf courses in the area, before finally selecting Celebration grass for its new fairways.

Celebration grass is a deep blue-green, high performance Bermuda grass that has finished best in numerous university research studies for wear tolerance and recovery. It is drought resistance and performs well across a wide variety of applications. Among the diverse Bermuda grass available, Celebration grass is the most proven and is currently being used successfully in such venues as homes, professional golf courses, and sports and parks throughout The South.

Being shade and wear tolerant, Celebration grass is excellent for golf courses. In fact, many of the other country clubs in South Florida are switching to Celebration grass if they had ventured out to try something new. They have found Celebration grass to be the most cost effective.

According to Deibel, “These characteristics are particularly important for us. The number of rounds we play increase yearly, especially with the continued growth of our popular Premier membership category. We are the only non-mandatory equity club in Palm Beach County with a program designed for seasonal members who might not live within its private community.”

The celebration goes well beyond setting up a Celebration fairway to accompany Boca Pointe’s Tiff Eagle greens. Deibel explains, “We are laying a new irrigation system to water the Celebration grass properly, as well as re-doing our cart paths and tee boxes to complete the renovation activities.”

Because of its great growing characteristics and results, Celebration is a favorite of golf courses, especially during renovation projects. Technically, Celebration grass is a rapidly growing type of Bermuda grass that establishes very quickly. As a result of its aggressive growth, it is less susceptible to disease and insect pressure. Furthermore, due its density, it often chokes out weeds that may try to creep in. All of these qualities equate to less downtime and more rounds played.

The Club at Boca Pointe, a country club in Boca Raton, is celebrating daily with the decision to move forward with Celebration grass for its fairways! If you want to know more about the golf renovation plans, please call the Golf Shop at 561-864-8522 and ask to speak with Buck Deibel. If you want to get in on the celebration, please call 561-864-8539 to speak with membership.

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE, THE CLUB AT BOCA POINTE GOLF COURSE GETTING THE PAUSE THAT REFRESHES

Not only has the work begun on a new irrigation system for The Club at Boca Pointe’s golf course, a Boca Raton Golf Club, but also it is progressing on schedule, according to Helen Karpel, General Manager.

“We are on schedule to be pumping water from our new pipes by mid to late July on the front nine, barring, of course, any major weather delays,” according to Ms. Karpel. “The crew is diligently working and optimistic that the new irrigation system will be finished for all 18 holes on time or ahead of schedule.” she boasts like a proud new mother.

The process is truly amazing to watch. First crews have to plow or trench, depending on the pipe size, to accommodate the main lines that are approximately six to ten inches in diameter. These pipes carry the water pumped from the new pump station all through the course.

When the sprinklers come on at different times the water flows from the main into lateral pipes, which are also being laid at the same time. “It’s like a heart pumping blood to and from the arteries into the branches or capillaries and veins throughout your body,” the newly-minted irrigation expert enthusiastically states.

Once the irrigation system is completed on the front nine, planting of the new Celebration grass will be done in July. “This, along with the new irrigation system, will give us enough time to have healthy front nine fairways by season,” Karpel says.

“The back nine is under going sod replacement around the tee boxes and the collars around the greens. So, by the time our equity snowbird members return along with our growing number of Premier members, including a fabulous group of Canadians, we will have a plush, healthy, well-watered golf course.” Karpel further explains.

The back nine fairways will be replaced during off-season of 2015 to complete the golf course renovations. The beautiful, healthy new fairways and tee boxes along with upgraded cart paths will bring delight to golfers and the overall Boca Pointe community as our beautifully designed championship golf course displays its great personality and beauty!

We welcome you to call The Club at Boca Pointe to learn more about the dawning of a new era for our Club. Be part of it all, call 561-864-8539.

IT’S ALL IN THE SHORT GAME SAYS MASTER PRO AT THE CLUB AT BOCA POINTE

There are numerous catch phrases that golfers often use, such as:

“Drive for show; putt for dough” or “It is not how you drive, but how you arrive.”

“Those are but two of the many clichés that describe the importance of not only getting off the tee box, but how best to play the game,” says Buck Deibel, Director of Golf and a PGA Master Professional at The Club at Boca Pointe.

“I cannot emphasize enough the importance of the short game,” says Deibel. He explains, “No matter how long you drive or how well you hit your fairway woods, at least 45 to 50 percent of all shots are hit from 100 yards and in. The following paragraphs are some of the pitching and chipping pointers we use when teaching different shot game shots to the golf members at The Club at Boca Pointe.”

Chipping (A Shot Hit 2 to 4 yards from the Green)

Grip: Slightly weaker grip or putting grip.
Set Up: Neutral stance, neutral clubface, ball position middle of stance, handle of club slightly forward at address, and weight on left side. Keep lower body still throughout shot.
Distance Control / Backswing: Keep backswing about the same length (8 o’clock), control distance by changing clubs. Choose the club that will carry ¼ of the way to the hole (club selection dictated by how much green you have to work with).
Forward Swing: Hit down on ball. Keep right hand out of shot, finish low.

Pitch and Run (A Shot Hit Greater than 4 yards and yet Less Than 15 yards from Green)

Grip: Slightly weaker grip.
Set Up: Neutral stance, neutral clubface, ball position middle of stance, handle of club slightly forward at address, and weight on left side.
Distance Control / Backswing: Length of backswing will control distance along with club selection (club selection dictated by how much green you have to work with).

Club Usage:
SW – Carry (land ball) 2/3 of the way to hole
PW – Carry 1/2
9 iron – Carry 1/3
8 iron – Carry 1/4
7 iron – Carry 1/5
6 iron – Carry 1/6
5 iron – Carry 1/7

Backswing: Take club back by turning shoulders, it’s ok to have a slight hinge of the wrists as you take the club back, Keep lower body still.
Forward Swing: Let lower body move proportionate to arm swing on the forward swing. Strike ball with a descending blow, keep right hand out of shot (no flipping with right hand) and finish low.

High Pitch shot

Grip: Neutral grip, very light grip pressure.
Set Up:
Neutral stance, neutral clubface, ball position middle of stance, handle of club slightly forward at address, and weight equally distributed to slightly favoring left side.
Distance Control / Backswing: Length of backswing will control distance along with club selection (9 to 3, 10 to 2, etc., club most commonly used lob wedge or sand wedge).
Backswing: Take club back by turning shoulders and let wrists hinge, keep lower body still.
Forward Swing: Let lower body move proportionate to arm with swing on the forward swing. Remember hinge on backswing, unhinge at contact and rehinge on forward swing – strike ball with a descending blow.

According to Deibel, it will take some practice at the short game complex to master these techniques, but the effort will be well worth it as your score improves. Just like we use all parts of the course, from the tee box to the green, be sure to use all parts of the practice area. Golf is a funny game – your drive off the tee has the same stroke value as your 15 foot chip or 5 foot putt – so make the most out of your practice time for shorter putts and even more chip-ins to become part of your daily golf game!

BOCA POINTE ON THE MOVE WITH MORE EXCITING RENOVATIONS: GOLF COURSE FAIRWAYS, TEES, CART PATHS, AND IRRIGATION SYSTEM

The Club at Boca Pointe is on the move again!

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The members gave overwhelming consent—golfers and non-golfers alike—to start work on installing a new irrigation system as well as rebuilding the fairways, tee boxes and cart paths of their well-designed, Jack Nicklaus golf course. These improvements will keep the Boca Pointe community beautiful and players challenged!

“The golf course is essential to the continued success of our Club.” according to Helen Karpel, general manager at The Club at Boca Pointe. “For example,” she adds, “we are experiencing good growth through our uniquely flexible Premier membership program, and it is essential to have a great golf course.”

According to Karpel, the golf course and its irrigation system are original, nearly 32 years old. The irrigation system has been breaking down, and it is becoming more difficult to find parts. Notably she adds, “While we rebuilt the greens about 10 years ago, it is time to rebuild the fairways to be competitive.”

Boca Pointe will be installing a new grass called Celebration, which does not require tilling and grows fast in the South Florida climate. And, while improvements are in the air, the tee boxes and cart paths will be redone to give the golf course a pristine look and feel. Smartly, they also proactively addressed the need to replace the irrigation system to ensure proper watering for the long-term growth of the grass.

“With the new, state-of-the-art irrigation system to support healthy fairways,” Karpel explains, “we will have a more beautiful and competitive golf course for the Boca Pointe community and members to enjoy.” In addition to the golf upgrades, the Club is looking forward to its new, state-of-the-art Sports and Fitness complex, accompanied by its newly designed main clubhouse lobby. Karpel notes, “These enhancements will give our country club a fresh look and even further appeal.”

The Board and its leaders are making every effort to ease the process of construction. Work on the golf course will be strategically divided over two summers for the members’ greatest convenience and benefit. Similarly, the Sports and Fitness Complex is on target for a completion by the end of 2014 or early 2015. Boca Pointe can relate to the familiar motto, “No pain, No gain.” The Club is doing its best to alleviate the pain of construction and accentuate the gain to come. Our members are the very best, and through their cooperation, they demonstrate their understanding of the complexities involved in achieving our goals and appreciation of the reward soon to be enjoyed by all!

Membership always welcomes inquiries to learn more about being part of the Boca Pointe family. Please call them today at 561-864-8539 to learn more.

BOCA POINTE RESIDENTS ASKED TO HELP DESIGN NEW MEMBERSHIP PROGRAMS TO FIT THEIR LIFESTYLE

EPSON MFP imageWhen members (our seasonal/snowbirds members) are away, work continues at full speed at Boca Pointe, be it the Club in particular or the community in general.

When they members return in the Fall, they will get a major “wow” when they look at what transpired during the Summer months.

By the time most members return, they will see the new Sports and Fitness Center taking its final shape with the “ready to open” sign in the wings, waiting to be placed on the front door and, of course, new gates and landscaping throughout the Community.

“What’s happening in the Boca Pointe Community and the Club at Boca Pointe is certainly more than a fresh coat of paint! It is truly the Renaissance of the Boca Pointe Community, and the Dawning of a New Era for the Club at Boca Pointe, says Helen Karpel, General Manager of the Club.

“All this is a signal to the Club that we need to revisit all aspects of our membership offerings so that we can develop products that enable our new residents to define their lifestyle by participating in activities that suit their personal needs,” says Ms. Karpel.

“We are leaving no opportunity unturned. In fact, I invite any suggestions from residents who live in Boca Pointe, but are not members. We develop new membership programs that enable residents to define their lifestyle especially when leisure time is a precious commodity to working families. Please do not hesitate to contact me at hkarpel@bocapointecc.com with any suggestions you may have.”

The opening of the new Sports and Fitness Center will be the crown jewel of the major makeover of the Club that both equity and non-equity members continue to have a love affair with.fitness complex boca pointe

In addition to the new Sports and Fitness Center, a new irrigation system for the golf course will be functioning by the end of the Summer as well as new fairways on the front nine, with the back nine scheduled for next year.

“It’s been amazing for me to see all these changes,” she says “We completed the renovations of the dinning room, banquet rooms, card rooms, ladies golf locker room and least but not least was the completion of a new lobby. And we’re not finished by a long shot.”

UNIQUE MEMBERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES OFFERED BY THE CLUB AT BOCA POINTE WHERE YOU DON’T HAVE TO LIVE TO PLAY

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How would you like to play golf on a beautiful Golf Force, a division of Jack Nicklaus Golf Services, Inc., designed championship golf course course in a private country club setting where you can define your own membership?

Of course you would! Who wouldn’t?

That is exactly what awaits golfers at The Club at Boca Pointe…a non-mandatory equity country club that has created unique membership categories where you can design your membership around your own, unique lifestyle! You can enjoy the golf course year-round or customize your membership to the number of months you want to play.

Members find The Club at Boca Pointe conveniently located with beautiful amenities and a friendly atmosphere! The country club caters to both seasonal residents and year-round Floridians. The unique membership opportunities welcome everyone regardless of where someone lives in South Florida or how many months a person is spending in the area.

You don’t have to live at Boca Pointe to play at the Club!

Boca Pointe’s memberships range from Annual Golf, for those purely interested in the golf amenities with lunch and lounge privileges, to the Club’s flexible Premier program, for those who are seasonal to full-time residents in South Florida. The Premier membership includes full usage of the Athletics Center, pool, card rooms, endless social events, and dining facilities, along with full privileges to play tennis and golf, driven by the membership category chosen. The Premier member is able to enjoy all of this with a membership for as few as three consecutive months! SONY DSC

What can a golf member expect? The Golf Program at the Club is robust and caters to all levels of play. Not only is there inviting and friendly social golf on a daily basis, but there is individual and team competitions for the more competitive-minded players.

Year-round, golf members have an opportunity to enjoy Sunday Monthly Mixers that combine fun team competition with a fabulous social dinner afterwards. These Mixers bring much laughter and new friendships! For special occasions, such as Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, the event is often playfully attached to a theme. They also host such highly popular tournaments as the Member-Guest and Governors’ Cup that creates golf memories for a lifetime.

In the season (November through April), members can enjoy weekly competition through the ladies and men’s golf leagues, which includes both eighteen and nine-hole competitive play. During the off-season, members can continue to participate in various ladies and men’s summer leagues, as well as some leagues that compete with other clubs in the area.

This is an extremely exciting time for The Club at Boca Pointe. It is the dawning of a new era as the Club proudly continues to progressively upgrade its many amenities, including:

➢ NEW Main Dining Room & Lounge
➢ NEW Banquet Rooms
➢ NEW Main Lobby
➢ NEW Ladies’ Golf Locker Room

AND, the upgrades currently underway:

➢ NEW Sports & Fitness Complex
➢ NEW Golf Course Irrigation, Fairways, Tee Boxes, and Cart Paths

“What makes golf play at The Club at Boca Pointe a truly unique experience is the coming together of our golf community. Blending equity golf members with non-equity golf members really puts us on a different playing field,” says Buck Deibel, Director of Golf and one of the few Master PGA Teaching Pros in the area.

“We had a great group of seasonal members this past year from all over North America. We were able to find good games for them, matching their skill set with our year round members or other seasonal members. It worked extremely well from both a competitive golf perspective and social golf. With this easy assimilation, we see this seasonal membership concept continuing to grow for several reasons: the quality of our golf course, the dynamic programming we offer, and the friendly blending of the total golf community at Boca Pointe,” he adds.

We all know how busy life can get and time is precious! The Club at Boca Pointe offers these diverse memberships to help its members get the most pleasure and enjoyment out of each and every day! Please learn more by visiting their website at http://www.theclubatbocapointe.com or calling membership at 561.864.8539.