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When it comes to “Love,” there is no better place than The Club at Boca Pointe where “Love” flourishes daily, especially on its 16 beautifully manicured Har-Tru tennis courts that are filled regularly with play at all levels—from competitive to social to teams.

Under the leadership of the newly appointed Director of Tennis who is the former Canadian National Doubles Champion Over 35, Gabriel Neacsu continues to build programs that are appealing to all levels of play. As The Club at Boca Pointe rolls out of the summer and into the new, exciting fall season, tennis will programs will be in full throttle as the season kicks in gear.

As for teams, 10 ladies teams will be fielded. This includes three Palm Beach teams (3,5,7), 4 Claymates and 3 seniors and teams. Last season, Claymates Ladies and Seniors Princess 1 won their league championships! And, let’s not forget the men. The men field 3 grand slam teams and 3 senior teams, one of which won their division championship!

And, if that’s not exciting enough, there is still plenty of competitive daily play at all skill levels, Cardio Tennis and as many clinics for tennis players to sharpen their skills. Are you new to the tennis world? Worry not! Gabriel works with newbies to the sport as well as newbies to the Club. When families are visiting, especially with the grand kids, there are plenty of clinics planned for all age groups.

Bottom line: no one ever gets shut out; you want tennis action, The Club at Boca Pointe is the place to be and you do not have to live at the club to participate in the tennis programs with the Club’s exclusive Premier Membership that affords you the opportunity to enjoy the country club experience without the typical country club commitment.

Love really is a many-splendored thing, especially when it comes to Tennis at The Club at Boca Pointe! We invite you to call membership today at 561-864-8539 to learn more.


Are you a … Couch potato? Very active? Moderately active? Into fitness, tennis or golf? How about cards or Mah Jongg? Married? Single?

Whatever category describes you the best, there is a full schedule of activities to meet your needs at The Club at Boca Pointe in the heart of Boca Raton…

For golf and tennis enthusiasts, you can enjoy the Club’s beautiful 18-hole Championship Golf Course and 16 Har-Tru tennis courts, along with robust golf and tennis programs, whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced player. You will be welcomed with friendly smiles and good games.

For the fitness guru, the new Sports and Fitness Complex will be opening soon, where you can work out, relax, or enjoy a steam or sauna. And, in the beautiful South Florida weather, a delightful pool to cool you off is always ready for the next swimmer.

For the card room aficionados, there are at least four card rooms in operation daily during the season with the first session starting around 12 noon and ending around 4 p.m., followed by an evening session usually from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. You name it, they play it. And, if you are a newbie to the Club, the social director helps you find games that match your abilities.

Beyond the sports and games, what about entertainment? Yes, The Club at Boca Pointe has special seating arrangements for Broadway Shows at the Broward Center, Kravis Center, Broward Stage Door, The Wick, and other theaters in the area. Don’t like to drive in Florida traffic? Well, you leave the driving to the Club, riding with friends in specially chartered buses when you go see shows like Annie, The Lion King, La cage aux Folles, and the Miami Ballet for starters.

Don’t want to leave the Boca Pointe campus? Then, there are two major educational offerings: First, the ever-popular Marleen and Harold Forkas FAU Lifelong Learning Center in which top professors from FAU provide topical discussions from politics to music! Secondly, there’s a wide-ranging seminar series by well-known lecturers such as Dr. Robert Watson, a leading political pundit, and Shelly and Larry Strickler from the world of television.

How about some casual fun? The Friday night Showtime Series featuring top nationally known talent from singers to comedians to impressionists offers great times among friends! The Club also holds several themed dinner dances throughout the year ranging from New Year’s Eve, Sweetheart Dance, Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day. These are coupled with pool parties and Holiday Day Carnival for the youngsters.

For the single members, there is also a fun slate of activities. The agenda involves special trips, outings, and social dances through an active Interclub schedule with many other country clubs in South Florida.

Oh no, you are not finished, yet. Those are just some of the activities scheduled by the social director at The Club at Boca Pointe.

There are numerous clubs and groups within the Club at Boca Pointe that provide its members with more activities during the year.

The biggest club within Boca Pointe is the Adventurers Club, some 200 members strong, that schedules a wide variety of events during the season. For example, they took a trip to the Air Force Base in Homestead to watch F81s take off and then toured the facility as well as went to the Everglades on a special tour.

Then, there is the new “What’s Up” group featuring once-a-month unique activities and speakers. The first one enabled members to test drive a Tesla! Oh, and let’s not forget about the TLC (Today Life Continues) club for single women looking to live a fuller life and share fun things together.

No matter what your “cup of tea,” Boca Pointe has an activity, group or club to more than quench your thirst! Visit Boca Pointe’s website, http://www.theclubatbocapointe.com to learn more.


Baby, it’s hot outside…too hot for a heavy dinner… you want to eat something light tonight!

True or false?

True, of course…and, as always, Executive Chef Terry Daniels at The Club at Boca Pointe aims to please. He put on his thinking cap to develop a delightful, delicious, desirable, and delectable Tapas menu.

Tapas style of food, originating in Spain, is a wide variety of appetizers served with drinks. Originally, these would be a mix of cold olives, cheeses or ham and hot items such as meatballs, ham or fish croquettes. Today, Tapas has evolved into an entire sophisticated cuisine, sometimes referred to as a “small plate.” The portions are small and several plates should be combined to form a complete meal.

TapasenBarcelonaThe initial Tapas menu at the Club at Boca Pointe includes:

– Flat Bread of goat cheese, black mission figs, Serrano Ham, wilted arugula with balsamic drizzle.

– Charcuterie Platter: charcuterie du jour, cornichons, baguette crostini’s, while grain mustard and assorted olives.

– Ahi Tuna Tartar: Asian marinated Ahi tuna with crispy home-made potato chips.

– Steak & Frits: grilled four-ounce skirt steak, potato frits and béarnaise sauce.

– Lamb Lollypops: grilled single cut lamb chops with pomegranate-mint glaze.

– Crispy Soft Shell Crab: tempura soft shell crab, cucumber slaw and Yuzu aioli.

– Tomato & Mozzarella Salad: sliced Heirloom tomato, fresh burrata cheese, baby arugula, sea salt, olio verde and balsamic drizzle.

Are you hungry, yet? Well, this is just the first Tapas menu…watch this space for more to come!

If you’re thinking about becoming a member, please call the membership department at The Club at Boca Pointe to learn more 561-864-8539. Then, you can be one of the many members enjoying this amazing fine cuisine at the Club.


Want to test drive a Tesla? Who wouldn’t!? As long as you are a member of The Club at Boca Pointe, you can!

The new “What’s Up” group is kicking off its first meeting on October 21st and will not disappoint. Those who decide to join the fun will be able to take the Tesla car for a test spin around the Club’s property, a country Club In Boca Raton, accompanied, of course, by the representative from Tesla Motors, Inc. This American company manufactures these hot, new, expensive, exotic, premium electric vehicles that promise a great ride!

“Telsa is just for openers,” says Harriet Rubin who organized this group with the blessing of Boca Pointe’s membership committee, board and management team. “Having a Tesla on property for the first ‘What’s Up’ meeting may be a tough act to top, but I am looking forward to planning monthly activities that will be certain to excite the members of Boca Pointe.” Harriet enthusiastically declares.

Don’t miss out! The “What’s Up” group will meet the third Tuesday of every month from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. It features fascinating programs and speakers…all topical presentations with an open-ended discussion among participants of the “What’s Up” activity and the guest of the month. Watch for more details to come …


It may be a nice day for the beach in Boca Raton, Florida, where you swim and play in the sand, but if you are a golfer, sand can be your dreaded enemy.

Not all sand on a golf course is created equal. “With a little extra preparation, golfers should be able to put their fears to rest,” says Buck Deibel, Director of Golf and a PGA Master Professional, at The Club at Boca Pointe.

Golfers can be faced with different types of conditions in bunkers. Some courses have bunker beds with fluffy sand and others have tight compacted sand. One of the most important factors for successful bunker play is correct club selection. “Ensuring you have the proper wedge in your bag can lead to an immediate scoring improvement,” according to Mr. Deibel. Bounce is an important consideration in making the best wedge selection:


Bounce is the angle of the sole to the ground. Wedges with a higher bounce angle perform better in fluffy sand or high grass. A lower bounce wedge will perform better on courses with tight lies and thin bunker beds. To help, match the bounce recommendations below with the course conditions you encounter most:
• High Bounce (above 14°) for tall grass, deep rough, and fluffy sand.

• Standard bounce (10°-14°) for normal to soft conditions or those who leave shallow divots.

• Low bounce (0-10°) for tight lies, fairway shots, and tight, compacted sand.

“What I tell our members is that they should consider using a 56-degree wedge, which usually has 10 to 14 degrees of bounce, when they are playing out of soft sand and a 60-degree wedge, which typically has about 5 degrees of bounce, for thin, firm bunker beds.” explains Mr. Deibel.

Remember picking the proper wedge to match the course conditions is the first step in preparing for successful sand shots. Good luck and go low!


Gabriel Neacsu, the former Canadian National Doubles Champion Over 35, has been promoted to Director of Tennis at The Club at Boca Pointe. This announcement today by Helen Karpel, General Manager of the Club, further enhances Boca Pointe’s dynamic move into a fabulous new era for membership expansion.

“This is the dawning of a new era for Boca Pointe, and we are extremely delighted and excited to promote Gabriel to the director level of our tennis program. We will be opening our new Sports and Fitness Complex before the end of the year and know that Gabriel will be instrumental in growing our tennis program.” declares Ms. Karpel. Boca Pointe is a premier destination and offers tennis enthusiasts a beautiful facility to enjoy challenging games and an opportunity to meet new friends in South Florida.

Gabriel, born in Romania with a dual Canadian and U.S. citizenship, has an impressive resume. He was a member of the Romanian Davis Cup team and the National Galea Cup Team from 1970 to 1972, while maintaining strong rankings in his home country. Well-known on the Canadian tennis scene, Gabriel was also the head professional at the Calgary Winter Club at Hollyburn Golf & Country Club in West Vancouver, as well as the Western Indoor Tennis Club.

Proven as a teacher, Gabriel has a strong track record of mentoring new tennis players to the elite. He personally coached and trained Sandra Wasserman who reached the top 40 on the women’s circuit; Hellene Kellesi, a top 10 player; and Grand Connell, number one ranked in men’s doubles in 1991-1992 on the ATP circuit.

Boca Pointe has been fortunate to have Gabriel as part of its tennis program for 11 years. “I know our membership very well. I know what it is going to take to continuously grow and strengthen our Club’s tennis program to be one of the top in Palm Beach County.” explains Gabriel. “I am excited to welcome new members from neighboring communities as well as to many new residents in Boca Pointe.”

“Tennis is in a growth cycle,” he adds. “And, one of the keys to growth is out-reaching to youngsters who will, in turn, ignite interest in our Club from their parents. We have more and more young families living in Boca Raton and the Boca Pointe community, and I look forward to developing a special campaign to reach out to them.” Gabriel shares enthusiastically. Boca Pointe’s progress is flourishing and Gabriel will be another important key contributor to member enjoyment!


To lag or not to lag! That is the challenge and debate facing golfers on every single hole when they line up their ball on the green, regardless of their skill level, unless, of course, the ball is less than two feet from the pin.

“The battle lies in the golfer’s mind when it comes to a 30, or even 20, footer,” says Buck Deibel, Director of Golf and PGA Master Professional at The Club at Boca Pointe. “The mind-set most of the time is to go for the pin no matter how long the putt.”

Putting-over-mind “In theory that sounds like a good idea, but inevitably, the amateur golfer, especially a higher handicapper, will end up well past the hole and leave another decent size putt coming back. Lower handicappers, or the better golfers, realize the odds of making a long putt are low, so they will hit a lag putt which means, yes, they would love to hole it, but if it doesn’t go in, they want to leave the ball no more than two or three feet from the cup. That strategy would increase the probability of two putting significantly.” Deibel explains.

There are plenty of theories from some of the top putting gurus as well as from the pros themselves. “It is safe for most amateurs to focus on a six-foot diameter around the hole,” advises Deibel. “When I am teaching members at The Club at Boca Pointe, I try to use that theory. It is statistically advantageous to use the six-foot diameter visual, rather than try to aggressively sink a 20 or 30 foot putt. Lag putting gives the golfer the best opportunity to two-putt, avoiding the dreaded three-putt, when putting from a distance. That is why lagging makes much more sense than ‘going’ for it every time.”

For the higher handicap amateur, just remember, it is best to set a goal to average no more than two putts per hole. This will be a good starting point and translate into lower scores.


“Now that I’m retiring, what am I going to do with all of this free time?” “How am I am going to keep busy?” If you are entering that phase of your life, these thoughts are probably at the forefront of your mind. These are common questions heard by many spouses, friends and family members across the country.

Rest assured, The Club at Boca Pointe in Boca Raton, FL, a Boca Raton Country Club, has the perfect solution! Ask any of its members these questions and they will give you this answer:

“You’re kidding…There is not enough time in the day to keep up with all the fun and interesting activities available to me. The Club at Boca Pointe is like being at a camp for adults.” Memberships at Boca Pointe can actually be designed to fit your own personal lifestyle and for the number of months you plan to be in South Florida.

You can play at Boca Pointe for as few as 3 months. Or, maybe you are in South Florida longer, especially during the cold northern winter months – you can choose any duration from 3 months up to 12 months … just say the word and you will have a new, fulfilling life at Boca Pointe.

Is Sports and Fitness your thing? The Club has a newly vitalized 18-hole championship golf course, originally designed by one of Jack Nicklaus’ companies, that is player friendly with wide forgiving fairways offering social and competitive play for both 9 holes and 18-holes players.

Then, there are 16 Har Tru tennis courts with much social, league and tournament play. Not to mention, the 14,000-square foot, state-of-the-art Sports and Fitness Center to be completed late 2014, which will house a beautiful athletic facility with easy-to-use equipment and unique aqua and cardiovascular classes for all ages, an destination eatery area, fun teen room, and massage/nail treatments to relax. Outside, parents, children and grandchildren will enjoy basketball and playground, along with a refreshing swim in the Club’s pool.

If physical activities are not your cup of tea, we aim to please! The Club has four game rooms actively going during the season featuring bridge (all types), canasta, gin rummy, Mahjongg, poker and just about any other game that people can play together. And, how hard is it to break into the game? We help by providing mix and match sign-up lists and get-to-know-you events!

After a full day of fun, there is nothing like sitting down to a delightful meal. Our dining facilities are beautiful with a Main Dining Room adjacent to our active Main Lounge that Happy Hour on a regular basis. For delicious lunch options and lighter fare on certain days, members enjoy the Grand Café. Thanks to Executive Chef Terry Daniels, The Club at Boca Pointe is known for the “best deli in Boca Raton.” In addition, to mix things up, there are dinners featuring the popular themed buffets along with the Friday and Saturday night traditional dinner accompanied by entertainment in the lounge. Members enjoy Chef Terry’s robust and enticing menu with prices that cannot be topped in restaurants. Beyond the clubhouse, members will enjoy a new unique menu to be introduced in the new Sports & Fitness Center that will also serve as its own delightful destination. We are catering Boca Raton!

To further the great energy at the Club, there’s more for you to add to your calendar. Our social director, Jane Young, provides a very busy entertainment schedule both in the Club and off the camp grounds of Boca Pointe.

As a sampling, activities include day and overnight trips, a cruise, classical concert series, seminars, FAU lecture series, dance lessons, sport events, dinner dances, art classes, card lessons, book club, and the list goes on and on. It is impossible to detail them all but for those members who enjoy more mind challenging ventures, Boca Pointe offers a series of lectures as part of the FAU Lifelong Learning program featuring the top university professors coming to the club weekly. For the culturally minded member, Boca Pointe has trips to local theater venues featuring national tour companies of popular Broadway plays.

Are you single? One of the most active areas rests with the single members of the club participating in the Boca Unos. This is a group of men and women who maintain an active social life both at Boca Pointe as well as visiting singles at other clubs through a social network. It is a great opportunity to mix and mingle.

So, now I ask you, what about your free time? Isn’t it a about time to contact Boca Pointe to learn more? Visit our website at http://www.theclubatbocapointe.com or call 561 864-8539.


The popular cry today is “Made in America!” Popular, yes, but there is a different pride at The Club at Boca Pointe, where the motto is “Made fresh daily!”

That is Executive Chef Terry Daniels’ motto when it comes to preparing his menus for not only the members of The Club at Boca Pointe, but for many guests visiting through a variety of catered affairs. (By the way, residents of Boca Pointe are offered the same discount that Club members receive for catered affairs).

“Everything is made from scratch,” beams Chef Terry, “our soups, our salads, all of our artisan breads, rolls, crackers and, of course, the wonderful variety of sweets.”

“If you want Challah, we make it fresh daily. If you want a pretzel roll, we bake them for our traditional Friday night buffets…from scratch. Our bakery department arrives in the kitchen around 4 a.m. to start preparing the dough, the mixes, and all the ingredients to produce what brings smiles to our members every night. About the only two things we do not make from scratch are bagels and ice cream,” says Chef Terry.

With the traditional holidays of Passover and Easter, Chef Terry and his staff prepare the typical delicacies for those holidays…all from scratch. The food is not only healthy but scrumptious!

We are the most active club in South Florida that bakes all its breads, muffins, and rolls in-house, fresh daily. Most clubs buy from commercial bakers, the same ones that sell to restaurants, hotels, clubs, and so forth. In addition to serving these delicious fresh breads, the club even sells full loaves and other baked goods directly to its members for enjoyment in the privacy of their own homes.

The hot items include:

• Chocolate bread for the chocoholics served on select nights

• Challah

• Fresh baked muffins

• Chocolate cake “that’s to die for!”

“I have a hunch,” says Chef Terry, “we will be looking into some new breads, as well, to satisfy our members from different parts of the world.

Membership at The Club at Boca Pointe is a privilege, where you do not have to live at Boca Pointe to be a member and you can design your own lifestyle membership for three to twelve months (with as few as three months the first year and four months the second year and thereafter). We welcome you to call membership to learn more about how you can enrich your lifestyle as part of Boca Pointe!

Come enjoy our freshly made delights where it is “Made in Boca Pointe!”~ Catering Boca Raton!


Doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers and the candlestick makers are just a few of the professions that members at The Club at Boca Pointe are still very active in, according to a recent survey. Well, maybe not the candlestick maker!

“People think clubs are just for retired people,” says Helen Karpel, General Manager of the ever-changing Club at Boca Pointe. “As far as Boca Pointe is concerned, that is no longer true.”

“Our membership is changing rapidly. We are no longer just a club for the retirees. We have a very active, working membership,” she adds. “Of course, there are many retirees from many professions, but because of our various membership offerings, we are attracting many more working professionals to enjoy our diverse membership offerings.” The Club at Boca Pointe, located within the Boca Pointe Community, has a unique menu of membership opportunities allowing members to design the lifestyle in which they are comfortable.

“Since we are not a mandatory equity club where residents are automatically members, we have to be much more creative and market ourselves to changing demographics and lifestyles. For example, we designed a one-of-a-kind Premier Membership program, which enables the member to pick and choose the type of membership or activity level they prefer for as little as three consecutive months for the first year and for four or more consecutive months thereafter. And, the beauty of this membership is that you do not have to live at Boca Pointe to become a member,” explains Ms. Karpel.

With the Premier membership, if a working professional in the Northeast wants or has a place in South Florida, he or she can join as a family (spouse and children under 22) for the amount of time they are here. Let’s say a doctor, or any professional, and spouse want to spend the winter months in Florida. The Premier membership allows them to purchase a membership and enjoy full Club privileges, such as golf, tennis, card play, use of a brand new Sports and Fitness Complex, fine dining, the finest Boca Raton catering and various forms of entertainment throughout the year. Similarly, a working spouse can choose to commute to the business world while his or her spouse stays in South Florida to enjoy the amenities.

The Club at Boca Pointe, a Boca Raton country club, welcomes all its neighbors, those residing or leasing in the Boca Pointe community and those outside of its community. The membership roster is made up of people living in condos on A1A from Pompano Beach to Highland Beach…from apartments in Deerfield to those who rent at other clubs but are not permitted to use the club’s facilities. With Boca Pointe’s convenient location and beautiful amenities, its appeal is widespread.