Grove Life | Spring 2021

Boca Grove is Blooming | April - June 2021

Mission To deliver a boutique lifestyle set in an oasis of uncompromising beauty with facilities and activities that encourage healthy mind, body experiences, a strong sense of community and lasting friendships.

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Your General Manager, Jennifer M. Jolly A Jolly View

A s we enter into the second quarter of 2021, your team is focusing on growth. Growth doesn’t just happen, it is the amalgamation of awareness, intention and consistency. It takes hard work, dedicat ion, commitment and the tenacity to stick with a long range plan even in the face of criticism. It

comes from standing strong as a team through adversity while protecting and cherishing our core values.

Not only have we grown in sheer numbers - record home sales expanding all classifications of membership, meals prepared from pantry to delivery to onsite dining and an observable up- tick in outdoor activities including rounds played, courts booked and fitness programming from walking to karate - we have also grown in the most extraordinary ways - diversity of membership, innovation of our governance and adaptability of your team. I look back on the past 12 months, understanding that while I write this it is the one-year anniversary of the day Palm Beach County closed on March 17, 2020, and realize the metamorphosis that took place. We were like that tiny caterpillar, cocooned, donning our chrysalis, to keep everyone safe through Covid while not losing sight of our responsibility to service the membership and market our community. We have emerged, ever changed, having become more beautiful, more bold and driven to inspire and enable our membership to enjoy every day of their lives. But don’t take my jolly view for it, read through our pages and hear from each of your department heads on the tremendous growth they have each initiated, implemented and inspired for the benefit of you, our members. All the best!

Jennifer M. Jolly General Manager

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17TH april SATURDAY 6PM - 10PM


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“Brand is the sum total of how someone perceives a particular organization. Branding is about shaping that perception.” ~ Ashley Friedlein

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Valerie’s Vision By Valerie Roca I t is no secret that Boca Grove is blooming! Families from nearby and afar are eagerly contacting us for a chance to peer behind our gates and experience our lush and thriving community. The Sports & Wellness Center now commands the attention of every visitor, making it the leading talking point of

conversations. The Tennis & Pickleball Center has seen a tremendous up-tick in activity, leading to more clinics and tournaments, and the introduction of a dedicated pickleball instructor. Fitness classes and events such as Walk, Wine and Whiskey and Sunset Yoga have also grown in participation. And the dining rooms have been the busiest they have been since last Winter. These wonderful happenings are the product of a growing and thriving community enriched by its newcomers and rooted by its heritage. As a marketer, it is my primary objective to capture and convey the tangible and intangible value of Boca Grove. In January, I had the pleasure of working with your fellow members on a project that would allow us to inject life and motion into our brand and give us an advantage in the space of digital advertising. Many clubs market themselves in the same manner, beautiful pictures of their clubhouses, homes, golf courses, and various other venues. Hardly any photos have people in them and the ones that do are visibly staged. How can we be promoting a lifestyle without people? So we had a little photoshoot and I am pleased to present the results in digital ad form. Recognize any of the gifted actors? These ads have reached hundreds of thousands of views to date. Future ad work includes a 3D virtual tour of the newly built Sports &Wellness Center, an HGTV-inspired campaign to attract qualified builders to the community, and “A day in the life” campaign of video ads to personify and showcase all aspects of the Boca Grove lifestyle. Also, for those who are unaware, we now have a hole-by-hole flyover tour of our course that you can easily share with your guests and other potential members. Visit I hope that these projects have sparked a sense of pride in your community. If you are interested in learning more, participating in the next campaign, or simply want to chat over a cup of joe, please feel free to contact me or visit my office, which is located on the east side of the clubhouse, by the Grove Bar. I can be reached at ext 132 or via email at

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The Joy of Growth By Gaby Joy

Photo by Jesus Brava

O ur community has seen so much growth, such beautiful growth, this past year. From record breaking home sales, to an increase in children and families, to our soon to be open Sports &Wellness Center, we are bustling with activities and that’s not just golf, tennis, and fitness. The ACC and your Board of Directors have approved standardized signage throughout the community, new powder coated mailboxes and new lamppost fixtures both at the home and street level. These projects are intended to increase curb appeal. To that, we have retained a certified Florida Landscape Architect along with a landscape company to ensure our common areas are not only manicured and well-kept, but also enhance the natural beauty of our south Florida environment. With growth and increased activities also comes the need for increased safety measures. As our members become vaccinated and start to feel more comfortable moving about property, we would like to remind you of the following rules, guidelines & tips:

ON PROPERTY: • Walk on sidewalks when available and please refrain from walking in the middle of roadways with baby carriages, that is extremely hazardous/ dangerous. • When walking or jogging in the dark please wear bright-colored clothing to be easily detected. • When walking your dog please be sure to have them leashed at all times. • Please be courteous enough to pick up your pets’ waste and dispose of it accordingly. • Always come to a complete stop when approaching all stop sings, i.e golf cart stop signs. • When out playing golf or just taking a drive in your golf cart please obey the stop signs and stay on road. • Trash and Vegetation pick up are on Wednesdays and Trash, Recycle & Bulk pick up on Saturdays, your trash may be discarded no earlier than 7pm Tuesdays and Fridays.

PARKING: • Parking on the correct side of the road helps everyone stay safe by keeping the roads clear for thru traffic. Odd number days park on odd side of the street and even days park on even side of the street. • No vehicles of member or guest shall be parked on roadways between the hours of 11:00 pm and 7:00 am. • No parking at clubhouse & tennis parking lots overnight. THEFT PREVENTION: • Make sure all your doors and windows are locked and always secured. • Please notify security if you are planning to be away for an extended period, they will conduct routine perimeter checks of the residence until your return. • Always lock car doors and set the alarm system. • Do not leave valuables or key fob in your vehicle. • If you see something suspicious, please say something, we are a community, please look out for one another!

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GATES: To maintain resident/visitor safety, we are monitoring foot traffic in and out of the community. Please help us in this regard by carrying your ID when leaving property. It is encouraged that our members be cordial and get to know our security team. Feel free to say hello or wave when passing by them. Acknowledgment of this sort helps them to recognize you and makes your return onto property much easier. Our security team works diligently to keep our community safe, but it takes a concerted effort by us all to ensure this happens. GATE ACCESS PASS: This new feature to our security system will entail: • Guest list management on your smart phone from the comfort of your home. • Capability to send electronic passes directly to guests via email or text. • Elect to receive automatic arrival notification when your guests are checked-in. • You will still be able to call the guest authorization line if you prefer. TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS: We have a trafficmonitoring systemcalledTraffic Logix.These cameras photograph all tags of vehicles that break the speed limit, whether it be a resident, guest of resident, a vendor or a member, your tag will be captured, and a violation will be issued. Members are responsible for their guests/vendors on property. A reminder: Speed limit on Boca Grove Blvd is 30mph and 25mph-(or less) on all-other streets, except Cul de Sacs, Campo Florido and Harrow Ct, please observe 15mph-(or less) on these inner roads. Lastly, we ask you to proceed with caution when driving on Whitaker Drive due to construction at the Sports and Wellness center. Thank you all for being wonderful residents and members who lead by example and respect our great community. Stay safe and be well! NUMBERS TO KNOW Glades Gate 561-487-1888 Powerline Gate 561-487-5999 Guest Authorization 561-487-4029

Electric Vehicle


Sunday, May 2 4:00 pm

A small but growing number of Boca Grove members already own/lease electric vehicles (EVs), and a substantial number of other members are now considering them. One of our Boca Grove members, Roger Pressman, was among the very first people in Florida (in fact, in the United States) to own a Tesla EV way back in 2012. At that time, he started a company that offers accessories for Tesla vehicles, and is now recognized nationally as an expert on the electric vehicle market and the tech that underlies EVs. Given the many EV questions Roger gets from our members, he has offered to host a “EV Event” that may be of interest to current EV owners, and as important, to those of you who might be considering the purchase/lease of your first EV.

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The Five Foodies

“Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people eat together.” - Guy Fieri

Guy Fieri’s statement couldn’t be truer, as embodied by our diverse and exquisitely talented culinary and food service team. With over 120 years of combined experience, these fine gentlemen are dedicated to indulging your palates in the universal language of gastronomy, and providing exceptional service along the way. Led by Executive Chef Dominick Laudia, the Food & Beverage team is a melting pot of cultures that inspire some of the world’s most renowned cuisine. From Italian and Peruvian to the Caribbean, these intimate inspirations reveal themselves in the undeniable food variety that BG members continuously enjoy. Before travelling abroad to get to know your team, let’s begin state-side in New York, where Sous Chef Steven Miro graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in… Finance! In 2008, Steven moved to Florida to realize his path and pursue a culinary career. Chef Steve joined the Boca Grove team in 2018. Also a NY native, Chef Dominick moved to Florida in 1994 fromLong Island, and began at Boca Grove in 2012. In recognition of his exceptional standards, exemplified through certification, continued training, culinary competitions and community involvement, he was honored with the 2016 National American Culinary Federation Dr. L.J. Minor of Professionalism award and the 2016 Southeast Region Title for the ACF Chef Professionalism Award. David Sirko, Chef de Cuisine, is no stranger to awards, winning Chef of the Year in 2004 for the Palm Beach County’s Chef Association. Chef David is a member of The American Culinary Federation and a Certified Executive Chef. Of Slavic and Dutch

descent, Chef Dave is one of eight siblings! From large families to growing families Chef Steve is excited to be soon expecting his first child. Congratulations, Steve! Family man is how Food & Beverage Manager Craig Jarrett would describe himself, most enjoying his time at home with his three children. Coming from a family of restaurant owners, Craig was drawn to the service side of the business at a young age. Born and raised in Rose Hall, Montego Bay, the tourism capital of Jamaica, Craig was inspired to study hospitality. Craig’s career boomed in luxurious hotels and clubs. Naturally, Craig’s professional accreditations include Club Manager’s Association, and even Sommelier. He’s even a licensed paramedic! Craig isn’t the only Sommelier on the team. In addition to wine steward, did you know that Mario Olarte is an internationally certified cheese expert, known as a Monsieur Fromage? Mario found his passion at a young age, as his father was a part owner in a cheese making factory. On a monthly basis, Mario takes members around the world, where he delves into a select region’s cheese and wine specialties in an educational 1-hour tasting event – Cheese, Wine & Everything Fine. Mario’s knowledge is impressive! So whether you sign up for the next cheese and wine event, enjoy nightly specials or host your next private event at Boca Grove, your experience will surely involve a special touch from each of these passionate and inspired professionals!

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Member Milestones &Memories By Annie Sanchez O n a Wednesday afternoon, I hopped into a golf cart and drove to meet George and Roxanne Miller at their Puzzle House. While Valerie Roca, our Membership Sales and Marketing Director, told me about their extensive puzzle collection, I was not prepared to see puzzles of all shapes and sizes displayed everywhere. I felt like a child in a museum, marvelling at artwork that I never knew existed. At the front entrance, there were two glass displays showcasing puzzle sculptures created by Miguel Berrocal, an award-winning abstract sculptor. Among these intricate bronze, silver, nickel, and gold puzzle sculptures were Omaggio Ad Arcimboldo (a 3D effect head), Loreli (masked bronze head), and Caballo Casinaide (bronze horse). The Millers have collected 103 Berrocal puzzle sculptures, more than the Berrocal Foundation in Spain has!

Over the next hour, the Millers gave me a detailed tour around their Puzzle House. Their puzzle collection ranged from Rubik cubes, wooden mechanical models, chess sets, colored plastic sculptures, and pewter maps of the continents. During the tour, the Millers brought me to a solid wooden door that was a puzzle itself. The knob did not turn so the test was to figure out how to open the door. After a few unsuccessful attempts, I figured out the door’s secret and it opened to reveal a huge attic filled with even more puzzles and an 3D puzzle printer. It was like entering Narnia! I was even more delighted when Mrs. Miller informed me that I was the first guest to solve their puzzle door.

Altogether, my afternoon with the Millers was enlightening and I was touched by their hospitality to invite me into their home and share their passion for puzzles and their collection with me. Before departing, they brought me to their treasure chest, which was filled with a bounty of puzzles. After carefully selecting a wooden puzzle, I drove back to the clubhouse with a wide smile on my face, touched by their kindness.

Even their wedding rings are puzzles

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Roxanne & George Miller 3 years of Marriage Boca Grove Members since 2017

How did you and your husband discover the hobby of manipulative puzzling? Roxanne: I was 6 years old when I was first introduced to puzzles. I was at a family barbeque and I really wanted my grandfather to play badminton with me. He handed me a puzzle and told me if I could figure it out then he would play with me. I solved it relatively quickly and showed him. He seemed impressed and then told me it was a two-part puzzle. I solved the second part shortly after. George: When I was a boy, I liked to climb and take things apart for fun. I once took apart a clock, which was a bad idea. It has so many parts! One Christmas, I was given a Burr wooden puzzle from Japan. The puzzle listed a set number of combinations for different shapes, which I soon memorized. I then discovered that there were different combinations they hadn’t mentioned so I sent them a letter on how they could improve on it and change how it was advertised. I was about 11 years old. How did you meet? George: We both had a mutual friend in common. Oscar and I were supposed to meet in Hong Kong and visit puzzle manufacturers for a week. I arrived at the airport earlier than him and was waiting for a while before I found someone with a cell phone to call him. He told me that he was ill, but that he had a friend in Hong Kong that would take care of me. He gave me Roxanne’s number and I described myself to her. Told her I was the only one with a white beard. She picked me up and we spent the next week riding around China. It wasn’t until about 2 or 3 years later when we reconnected at a puzzle party. What is your favorite puzzle that you put together? George: My favorite puzzle is the one I am working on at that moment. Each puzzle has its own inner beauty Roxanne: My favorite puzzle is my wedding ring, which was designed by our friend Oscar in the Netherlands and made by a ring master in Thailand. What puzzle took the longest to put together? George: A year and a half and it is still not put together yet. It’s a 42,000-piece jigsaw puzzle, which is the largest one in the world. It’s divided into 7,000-piece quadrants. How do you feel this hobby has impacted your life? Roxanne: We’re married.

George: Puzzles play a major part in our lives. We can devote ourselves entirely to our love of puzzles.

What is the best advise you can give to others? George: “Live long and prosper. Choose to wake up with a happy face. Don’t get angry. Life is too short. Brush your teeth!” Roxanne: “Live life to the fullest and enjoy it. Wear sunscreen”

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Chef Dominick's RECIPES

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1each sheet puff pastry, rolled out 2 cups portobello mushrooms, sliced 2 cups cremini mushrooms, diced fine 1 cup shiitake mushrooms, sliced 1 each medium shallot, minced Mushrooms andMustard Greens Wellington Port Wine Syrup Serves 4

3 cloves garlic, minced 3 Tbsp olive oil 1 1/2tsp kosher salt 1 tsp 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves

freshly ground black pepper

Method: heat oil, sauté garlic and shallot, add mushrooms and season, add fresh herbs. Chill mixture. Sauté mustard greens till soft, drain off liquid and chill. Place puff pastry on cutting board, brush edges with egg wash, layer mushrooms and mustard greens in center. Roll up while tucking in sides. Place on cooking tray with parchment paper, seam down. Brush top with egg wash, bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes until golden brown.

For the Port Syrup 2 cups port wine 2 cups vegetable stock 2 oz sugar 1 sprig rosemary 1 tsp black Pepper Method: combine all in sauce pot, reduce till thick Basil Ice Cream

Makes 2 quarts

2 cups basil 1 cups sugar 4 cups heavy cream 2 cups milk tsp fine sea salt 12 each large egg yolks

Method: in food processor pulse basil and sugar. Heat basil sugar, heavy cream, milk and salt in sauce pot.Whiskwarmmix with egg yolks to temper. Por mixture back in sauce pot and stir till thick. Remove and allow to steep. Strain and Chill. Place in ice creammachine till frozen

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Friends, Food &Wine...Seeds for the Soul By Carla Hull T here is an ancient Chinese proverb, that says,“be not

Speaking of history, we would like you to reach back into your past and join us for the “Road to Woodstock!” Our annual Spring Fling event will once again be outdoors with a “Peace, Love and Music” theme. As you drive up the coast from Florida to New York, you will eat your way through the states ending in our recreation of a dairy farm in Bethel, New York that hosted the historic Woodstock event. Music will be provided by your favorite house band, Private Stock, who will provide a concert through the decades beginning with Janis Joplin, Jimmi Hendrix, Joan Baez and Joe Cocker as well as Creedence Clearwater Revival, Crosby Stills & Young, The Grateful Dead and The Who. And let’s not forget Blood Sweat & Tears, Canned Heat, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Sha Na Na or Sly & the Family Stone! So pull out your hippie chick clothes and get ready to boogie down! Cheese,Wine &

afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” I can tell you with absolute certainty that no one on your Boca Grove team has stood still this year and we continue growing every day. As

members, you see the end result, or sometimes the work in progress, but you don’t always see what happens behind the scenes for us to get from point a to point z. For instance, we have two new cooking programs on the docket over the next three months that grew from something else. Our Cooking Class Competition, which begins April 22, is a combination of our Hands On Cooking demonstrations of the past. We added a little twist to it because so many people enjoy the friendly competition of our Iron Chef program, which is scheduled for April 8. And then there is our Chili Cookoff happening Memorial Day weekend, which will challenge members to dust off their favorite chili recipe and then pair it with a signature sandwich. The winners of both the Cooking Class Competition and the Chili Cookoff will receive bragging rights and a spot on our menus. And what goes better with chili than beer?? Another new idea that grew from something else, we have married our summer Wednesday wine tastings on Zoom with our “Cocktails Kits” and created a Drinking Club! Our inaugural event will be a craft beer competition where local breweries will come in to compete for the right to develop our very own signature craft draft beer. This exclusive brew will be on tap in the sports bar. Come join us April 9 to be a part of Boca Grove history!

Wine and cheese are two of life’s great culinary pleasures, and finding the perfect match can be a delicious endeavor. Explore the wonderful world of wine and cheese Everything Fine

pairings with Mario Olarte as he examines the tastes, textures and tannins that make a delightful party platter or savory snack.

April 23 - Argentina May 28 - Napa Valley June 25 - France

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Iron Chef Thursday, April 8 | 6:30 pm with Class

Our annual Iron Chef event will feature small plates prepared in a competition format by 7 teams, composed of BG department heads and members. If you’re interested in judging these teams, make a dinning reservation. The

winning team will be announced at 8:30pm. Cooking Class Competition Thursdays, April 22, 29 and May 13 Are you looking to improve your cooking skills or create your own signature dish? Join us on April 22 at 3pm for professional culinary instruction on how to create a 3-course meal. On May 13, students will prepare and present their 3-course meal to a panel of judges and a winner will be selected.

Chili Cookoff Sunday, May 30 | 4:30 pm

Everyone has a secret ingredient that they know makes their chili extra delicious. Whether it is beer, Sriracha, or homemade chili powder, join us for our Chili Cookoff on Sunday, May 30th and let your neighbors decide who makes the BEST chili. Member competitors will need to prepare one gallon of Signature Chili and a sandwich creation. Competitors must sign up by May 15 by emailing

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Spring into Something Social

CERAMICS WORKSHOP WITH SARAH GLASS Sunday, May 16 | 12:00 pm- 3:00 pm Embrace your creativity with Sarah Glass Ceramics. Each participant will have the opportunity to make up to two pinch pots using stoneware clay. All materials, kiln firings and glazing of ceramics are included. Vibe with friends, clay and music outdoors! $50 per person WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP WITH ARTIST MARILYN JOHANSEN Sunday, June 13 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Marilyn Johansen is an imaginative award- winning artist and painter who is driven by an incredible passion for self – expression through art. Join us in her Watercolor Workshop specialized in individual attention for watercolor painting. This class welcomes all levels from beginner to advanced. Art materials will be provided. $35 per person Discover your Inner Artist at Boca Grove

OUTDOOR CINEMA NIGHT April 10, May 8, June 19

Pick up dinner from the BG Food Truck’s special movie night menu and enjoy an outdoor movie setting with fresh air, family, and friends.

FAMILY FUN NIGHT April 25, May 30, June 27 | 4:00 pm

Family Fun activities from arts & crafts, games to educational projects for the whole family to enjoy. Create, discover and smell the sweetness on Sunday, April 25 when you join us for Honey Comb Candle Making. A family friendly event - $10 per person SPRING FLING: ROAD TO WOODSTOCK Saturday, April 17 | 6:00 pm The epic era of Woodstock bringing PEACE, LOVE & MUSIC to Boca Grove. A colorful and vibrant music concert, with live artists painting, yummy sips and tasty treats in celebration of our closing season

MEMORIAL FIELD DAY Monday, May 31 | 11:30 am

A Memorial Day special event to celebrate and honor our heroic vets and active military. The BG Food Truck will feature a special menu, sweet treats, games and slip-n-slide fun for all ages! Note: There will be no din- ner service that evening in the clubhouse.

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Garden Club

Book Club

LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE WITH THE BEES Wednesday, April 7 | 4:00 pm Country Club living with the health and wellness of bees and members in mind. The afternoon will include a photo and video presentation of our own bees and apiary here at Boca Grove. We will even have a live Observation Hive for you to

Looking for a fun way to enjoy books and connect with people? There’s nothing like discussing the best reads that will keep the conversation going. Contact Annie Bogani for more details and information at abogani@

see the inner workings of the hives. THE BIRDS & THE BUTTERFLIES Beyond Landscaping Creating Safe Havens for Butterflies and Birds Wednesday, May 5 | 4:00 pm

As more and more of our community is developed into sterile habitats that do not support any wildlife, there is an exciting opportunity for all of us to make a significant difference by turning part or all of our yard or neighborhoods into a safe habitat for butterflies and birds. This presentation focuses on how we can make a significant difference – one yard at a time -by creating beautiful natural gardens to attract birds, butterflies and pollinators to our yards. There will be a special focus on how to landscape to attract our native butterflies and the flowers, shrubs and trees that attract them to live in our gardens and community. McCartney is a ten-year master gardener who works with neighborhoods and natural areas in designing and creating wildlife gardens and habitats. She presents talks to wide variety of groups and organizations on multiple topics dealing with landscaping, specially gardens and wildlife. GLASS BLOWING WORKSHOP CREATE YOUR OWN PLANT FEEDER Wednesday, June 2 | 4:00 pm Glass blowing is an ancient and magical art that originated in the 1st-century B.C. Take it in your own hands in this creative hands-on workshop that is open to everyone! Create your very own plant feeder through this workshop, all materials and safety measures provided.

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Wednesday, May 19

Drinking Club

April 9 – Beer | May 14 – Tequila | June 11 – Scotch Explore and learn to taste different styles of beer brewing, spirits, liquor making and cocktail mixing. Kicking things off will be our very first, Craft Beer Festival on Friday, April 9 at 3:00 pm, when local breweries such as Due South, Funky Buddah and Barrel of Monks will showcase their best brews and styles.

Wednesday, June 16

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Golf Mixers Masters Par 3 Shootout Wednesday, April 7

Player’s Corner Dan Pendola, Director of Golf I n this edition of players corner I would like to discuss the benefits of our new Visage GPS systems, how it can improve your game and the club as a whole. GPS models like the Visage units you have seen in our newfleet cars carrymany benefits to our members as well as your guests. Some are visible right at your fingertips and some are invisible.

Spring Nine & Dine Sunday, April 18

Pro-Member Thursday, April 22

Let’s first discuss the invisible benefits and why they are important to not only your game, but the entire club. Our Visage GPS systems utilize geofences. They are an invisible barrier set by the GPS system. We have two types of geofences set to notify you. One for your safety, for example at street crossings and one to protect the course. If these areas set to protect the course are driven through too often, it affects not only the playing conditions of the course but the aesthetics we are looking to protect at Boca Grove. You may have already experienced the ramifications of driving into these restricted areas. Your golf car will stop, but don’t panic. Your golf car is not broken! Once inside the restricted area, you are prompted to reverse out of the area until clear of the restricted area. Once clear, please drive your car to the nearest cart path adjacent to the green. This practice can benefit the course in many ways from ensuring the area around the greens are being played to the designer’s intent rather than offering up a tight lie that all golfers struggle with. These geofences allow us to take a step in the right direction to protect our biggest asset. If we all do our part, we can enjoy a fun round of golf, while still preserving the course conditions you deserve. Now on to how the GPS unit can help your game. The player experience the system offers is a great tool to help you play better golf. With live yardages to the hole, sand bunkers, and penalty areas, you can become a master of course management if utilized properly. One great feature available is being able to touch the screen to see the distance to or over a sand bunker, for example. Having this knowledge can help you pick the right club for the shot and dramatically help you lower scores. When using this function, not only will the system tell you how far you are to an area you would like to hit to from the tee, but how far that point is to the green. This allows you to play smart golf and become a master of course management, given you execute the shot. The Golf Professional staff can help with that aspect, thirty to sixty minutes at a time. The GPS units are available for Member owned carts. Some restrictions apply. Please email if you are interested in having a Visage GPS unit installed on your current golf car or if you are interested in a new golf car.

Championships Club Championships April 2 - April 3 Men’s Senior Club Championship April 21

League Events

WGA Bloody Mary Tuesday, April 6

MGA Blind Pairing Saturday, April 10

WGA Team Putt Tuesday, April 13

WGA Beat the Pro Tuesday, April 20

MGA Closing Day Saturday, April 24

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A Round of Events Phillip Gabes, Head Professional

I t is hard to believe that we are in the final month of our tournament “Season.” We have had so many wonderful events to this point, but not to worry, we still have some great events to look forward to. With Boca Grove being as active as ever, there is no better time to get involved!

Masters Week is almost here and there is no better place to spend it than Boca Grove! The fun begins on Wednesday, April 7 with our first ever Masters Par 3 Shootout. This new event will be great! We will turn every one of our holes into a Par 3! The Masters Week festivities will continue into the weekend with our “MGAMasters Blind Pairing” on Saturday, April 10. Be sure to enjoy

Masters Sunday in Chippers Sports Bar to see who will earn the green jacket this year! OurMGAseasonwillwinddownwith“Closing Day,” to be played onApril 24.This past month we hosted our annual Men’s Invitational on March 11-13. We were able to host a full field of 72 players and have a wonderful, safe event. This event features a round-robin format that culminates with a “Shootout” of the flight winners. We congratulate Brandon Rippo and his guest Johnny Matute on their performance in taking the crown this year, well done! The WGA has some great events leading up to their closing day, including the “Bloody Mary Shootout” on April 6. This year’s WGA “Closing Day” will be a party that you will not want to miss. Our “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” theme will bring you right back to the 80’s as we close out the season in style on April 27. The “Spring 9 & Dine” will take place on April 18th in the afternoon, with dinner following play. As we head into the summer months, we will begin our annual aerification practices with the golf course being closed onMay 3 and 4. We will finish off the month of May with our “Memorial Day Mixer” on May 31st. Alittle fun fact that Imust sharewithyoubefore I go. Did you know that we have had five hole- in-ones already this year?Those individuals are Cheryl Budd, StephanyMaillery, JimPerilstein, Nancy Belkowitz, and Eli Stuart. Just to give you a little perspective, in the two years of 2019 and 2020, together, we had five hole-in-ones here at the club. Let us view this as a sign that 2021 will be a fantastic year to come!

The Course by Ellen Astrove

For eighteen glorious holes “where it never rains”, Poppy would say. I pondered that. He then took his young grandchildren for a favorite golf cart ride to look for turtles. They took turns driving while sitting on his lap— over twenty years ago. Now, on Mondays I walk breezing in pristine grass. For eighteen holes, I sport a smile. Now granddaughter designs landscapes, grandson aspires to play like legends— Palmer, Player, Nicklaus, Tiger. Until Mondays, I never fully appreciated “the game” as the masters refer to it. How the aim of a ball instructs some of life’s great lessons—while driven, ironed, wedged, and putted. Then bogeyed, parred, birdied, or eagled into a small hole. For five miles call me Callaway, TaylorMade or Titleist— a little white ball with hexagonal indentations. I travel eighteen holes. Pace with precision. Soar over fairways, avoid sand traps and water hazards, looking to land and sink into the “hole in one” on a Par 3—for the trophy

of living that one perfect moment.

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Racquets & Paddles Richard Centerbar, Director of Tennis W hat a pleasant surprise that we had such a busy

ADULT CLINICS Ladies Beginner Clinics - Mondays | 10:00 am Live Ball - every other Tuesday starting April 6 | 5:00 pm 2A Team Clinic - Wednesdays | 9:00 am Co-Ed Clinic - Thursdays | 9:00 am D4 Clinic - Fridays | 9:30 am *New cardio ZENnis clinic 4:00 to 5:00 pm; Yoga 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. every other Wednesday starting April 7 call for future dates. We are planning to keep this going as long as possible. APRIL EVENT SCHEDULE Ladies, it is your night at this long-time coming Ladies’ Night with the Pros on April 14 starting at 5 pm. Paddles & Racquets is on April 18 and you won’t want to miss this first-time ever combined tennis and pickleball event! Tennis is at 9:30 am followed by lunch and pickleball at 1:00 pm. Thinking about taking on tennis, come for an Intro to Tennis on April at 9:00 am. On Earth Day we battle in some mixed doubles starting at 5:00 pm. MAY EVENT SCHEDULE During the year we have enjoyed watching our juniors improve and they are now playing some pretty darn good tennis, and so we thought it is time for a Junior Club Championships! So here it is - Sunday, May 2. There is no one in this world better than mom! And we would like to give back by offering a complimentary Mother’s Day Sunday Clinic on May 9 at 9:00 am - so mom, please sign up, and we will be ready to give you a great work out! Occasionally, you need a good social non-competitive mixed doubles night, and that is just what we have on May 11 starting at 5:00 pm On May 19 we will host a Pickleball Round Robin. The complimentary Intro to Tennis clinic is Sunday, May 23 from 9:00 am - 10:00 am. On May 30 we are planning our annual Battle of the Clubs event with our friends from Woodfield! Fingers crossed, toes crossed. if it does not work out due to restrictions, we will have a backup plan for that day! JUNE EVENT SCHEDULE On June 8th we are planning another fun, casual mixed doubles night, where you can work up a big appetite knowing that the food truck is a short walk from the courts. Dads, this one is for you and we have not done this for a while - Men’s Father’s Day hustler playing for the loot! This doubles format is a rotating partners event on Sunday, June 20 at 9:00 am.

season this winter despite the challenges. It certainly helps that many new members enthusiastically jumped in and are actively participating in our events.

Our new pickleball professional, Aaron Bristol, has added a strong injection on the paddle side of things as well. He has had some innovative ideas on the pickleball side. I’m excited to see what he’s going to do with the program. We are continuing the momentum forward with many more tennis and pickleball events right through summer so stay tuned! There is lots of fun still coming your way with some newly innovated events during Spring, including continuing our new Live Ball event, which is like cardio clinics, except with competitive games. Post event, members can walk over to the Food Truck to enjoy a unique rotating menu. Keepyour eyes open forZENnis, which is anewand intense cardio clinic followed by yoga. Also, be on the lookout for a first of its kind “Paddles & Racquets” tournament coming in April, where you have a chance to see if you will be king or queen of both courts! The junior program is strong, and for me personally it has been quite exciting watching the kids as they keep getting better throughout the season – And you know what that means: time for a Junior Club Championship! Most importantly is recognizing we have a lot of new members, so please do not forget, if you need help finding games or want to know about our tournament program and reservation procedures, and if you are new to tennis or pickleball, we have pros for both sports who are here to help! We offer introduction to tennis or pickleball clinics, and if you are looking for a big workout, we have a tennis ball machine and a brand new pickleball ball machine! Please do not hesitate to call. JUNIOR CLINICS April and May | Wednesdays

Ages 4-7: Orange dot 4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Ages 8-10: Orange dot 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. Ages 9-14: Green dot 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Those same clinics change times for the month of June. Sundays are still the same times, no change, however, June | Wednesdays

Ages 4-7: Orange dot 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Ages 8-10: Orange dot 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Ages 9-14: Green dot 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.

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Turf Talk Rafael Barajas, Director of Golf Course Operations

T he last article was focused on addressing the challenges of

Putting Green

the past few months along with the expectation for the golf conditions. The past few months were very challenging agronomically speaking, but we made it through the rough weather and heavy play, and the course has recovered well. As the weather warms up the grass is getting greener and all the agronomic programs put in place are finally kicking in. Now, the golf course is almost back to the standards we are used to seeing it in. Now, it is time to look ahead and plan for the future. In order to remain relevant, we must always look for opportunities to improve and enhance our golf course and practice facilities. For the past few months, we have been working with Mr. Jim Fazio and his son Jimmy on golf areas we can improve. We identified a few of them including improving the practice facilities, creating a signature hole and the ingress egress of some bunkers on a few holes. While we will continue to look at all projects, this year we will focus our efforts on improving all three practice facilities, which will include enlarging the practice putting green to create more variation and different angles you can practice from. A complete rebuilding of the chipping green area to create more chipping areas and insure the green is visible from all side, this will also include enlarging the practice bunker which will improve the ability to practice different bunker shot. Finally, we plan to regrass the driving range tee. This will provide a better practice area and the opportunity to use an improved Bermuda that will increase practice from grass instead of the mats. This does not mean we will not be using the mats, but should increase the times you practice from the grass area. What’s next? The plan is to schedule the improvements so we will always have at least one practice facility available to you. If all works as planned, we should have all the practice facilities renovated and in play by November 1st. Your help and support are necessary and greatly appreciated. Should you have any questions regarding these changes or any golf course/POA related issue, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Chipping Green

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Take the Challenge! David Schlueter, Fitness Director M uch like when muscles grow due to the right combination of factors such as proper training and planning, Boca Grove is growing! Boca Grove is in bloom and things could not be more exciting. Our new Sports & Wellness Center is just around the corner and the fitness team, along with all the other departments, are busy behind the scenes working on growing our programming and

PILATES Monday Thursday Thursday YOGA Monday Tuesday Wednesday

3:15 pm Laurie 8:00 am Laurie 9:15 am Laurie

8:00 am Evelyn 4:30 pm Michelle 8:00 am Evelyn 8:00 am Evelyn

service standards to complement our new amenities, and existing offerings. As many of you are new to the community, I’d like to introduce you to a few of our mainstay fitness activities. For example, each month we host sunset yoga on the driving range. The next event is on Saturday, April 10. This is a great way to calm the mind and body while soaking in the beautiful scenery of the golf course. And on Wednesday, April 14 we will explore more of the golf course with our Walk, Wine & Whiskey event, which is another monthly event where we walk swiftly throughout the golf course and community, while enjoying sips and conversation with neighbors. This is a great way to take in the picturesque views of our community, get a little exercise, and more importantly meet with friends and make new ones. The weekend of April 24 and 25 Boca Grove will be creating a team to partake in Spartan 5k race with 20 obstacles. The course will challenge your strength, endurance and how well you can handle mud! Two years ago, we participated as a club and had a blast. If you are interested in joining us or have questions, please stop by the temporary Fitness Center adjacent to the Golf Pro Shop. While this is all exciting the bigger excitement will be coming with our expanded space and programming in the new center. Let’s talk about the new Sports and Wellness Center for those that are unfamiliar. Located downstairs will be the group fitness room, Pilates studio, and children’s recreational room. The men’s and women’s locker rooms, with a steam room in each, and pool restrooms are also located downstairs. The group fitness classroom will be equipped with a multi-functional piece, the Queen X, that allows us the flexibility to offer kickboxing with 8 heavy bags and TRX training classes. In addition, interactive spin cycle classes will be available, ranging from performance driven classes to virtual scenic rides. We look forward to offering a much more expanded group fitness class schedule! The Pilates studio will have a Cadillac and reformers with towers, which will allow for a more dynamic offering for group classes and private lessons. There will also be many more classes on the weekly schedule. The children’s area will have video games, board games and will open to an outdoor area and splash pad. How exciting is a splash pad!? The main fitness area is located upstairs, which will have all new equipment, integrated Bluetooth activity tracking, and of course an out-of-this-world view of the pool and tennis courts. The pool’s design is much like that of a resort with beach style entry, and a separate alcove with three lanes for swimmers. The surrounding area will be outfitted with lounge chairs, and cabanas. You will feel like you are in a tropical paradise. The recent growth and expansion of Boca Grove has been a very exciting time, and things are only going to get better. I know I cannot wait until we are in full bloom as a community with the Grand Opening of this magnificent Center!


Off the Mat Yoga Saturday

11:00 am Michele

Yin Yoga Thursday

4:30 pm Jeannette

ZUMBA Sunday

10:30 am Miryam

AEROBIC & SCULPT CLASSES Cardio Sculpt Monday 9:30 am Morgan


9:30 am Morgan

STRETCH Monday Wednesday

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Let kids be kids; just let them be Princesses, pirates; let the bath be the sea! Let them stare at the sky and find animals in the clouds. Let them dance in the rain and sing out loud. Let them dream really big and wish upon a star. Let them feel the wind in their hair from the window of a car. Smell their dandelion bouquet like it’s your favorite flower, For they will grow up in what seems like just an hour. Tell them bedtime stories each and every night. Let them sleep in the middle when they awake with fright. Shield them from evil and keep them from danger, But teach them of acts of kindness for complete strangers. Let them build castles, do cartwheels, and find shells in the sand. If they need a little help, then please give them a hand! Let them walk barefoot and the grass tickle their feet, For it’s the small things in life that will make them feel complete! Let them make couch cushion forts and sleep in a tent, For this is the way childhood was meant to be spent! Let them bring you breakfast in bed, let them burn your toast. Someday it will be times like this you will miss the most. Teach them how to serve others and be a good friend. If you teach all these things, their love will have no end. Teach them in life, not everyone will win. And when they lose they need to accept with a grin. It’s not about the money you have and the things you have bought. Life is all about lessons that parents have taught! So let kids be kids, just let them be. And our world will be a better place for you and for me! by Jennifer Caldwell

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