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 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.


When you use the phrase “Watching the Grass Grow,” it has many different meanings ranging from a ballad by Tim McGraw to comments related to “boring.” But, to members of the Club at Boca Pointe, it takes on a very special meaning.

The members are literally and figuratively “watching the grass grow” by the day proclaims Buck Deibel, Director of Golf for the Club at Boca Pointe, featuring a beautiful 18-hole championship golf course.

“It is an amazing sight,” Deibel says. “We’ve finished planting the new Celebration grass on the front nine, and we can see it growing daily.”

“The keys to growing the Celebration grass are plenty of water and lots of sunshine. With our new irrigation system and the traditional summer rains of South Florida coupled with one of the hottest summers on record, we actually can measure the growth daily,” beams Deibel, one of the few PGA certified master instructors in the area.

Boca Pointe is currently working on the irrigation system on the back nine and hopes to start working on our cart paths ahead of schedule. The back nine fairways are thriving thanks to the combination of heat and water.

“The greens are healthy and fast. We are completing the mandatory maintenance, plus we have bolsters the tee boxes on the back nine as well as improved the collars around the greens” according to Deibel.

Bottom line!

Boca Pointe is on schedule to open the season, November 1, with a robust golf course and lightning fast greens to be enjoyed by all of its returning snowbird members, as well as our annual golfers and premier members.

“Boca Pointe members will be greeted with outstanding golf course conditions,” assures Karpel, general manager of the club, “as well as many activities from social golf with friends and monthly mixers to ladies and men’s fun league tournaments.”

If you’re not part of the Boca Pointe, Boca Raton Country Club family, yet, call membership to learn more at 561-864-8539.

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.


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!


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, or Charlotte Spalter at 394-3560, 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.