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  • What’s Bringing People from All over to Boca Raton?

    • Boca Raton, Florida has gained prominence in select social circles recently, with high style magazines and society bloggers discussing its eclectic dining scene, excellent shopping, and great beaches. Be it the city’s storied history, wonderful weather, or endless list of activities, Boca Raton offers something for residents and guests alike.  

       


      Weather
      Many visitors and future residents are drawn to Boca Raton’s great weather. With
       an average amount of 231 sunny days per year, the residents of Boca Raton slip on swimsuits and flip flops instead of heavy winter coats and snow shoes. Moving to Boca is just like escaping the snow! Floridians also make the time to catch the sunset when they can. No need to worry about finding a great spot, members of St. Andrews Country Club can watch the sunset right from their backyard - just look west!   


      Culture  
      With an endless well of inspiration, Boca Raton draws in artists of all kinds with its warm climate, authentic history, and artistic freedoms. In turn, these artists have helped establish Boca as a cultural centerpiece of Florida, with events such as the Festival of the Arts. The Festival of the Arts Boca runs for two weeks early in the year and offers cultural education to young and young-at-heart alike, alongside presenting live performances and author talks. For painting and sculpture, many residents of Boca Raton turn to the Boca Raton Museum of Arts, which curates a healthy collection of artists from around the world and around the corner. Art fans attend the Gallery Talk, held twice a month, where gallery specialists lead a guided tour around a certain collection of the museum and grant insight to the attending guests.    

      Shopping  
      Boca Raton’s upscale lifestyle brings in definitive shopping and unique products that can’t be found anywhere else. Mizner Park, an expansive outdoor market street, is where local boutiques such as Marcella’s stand in direct proximity to high-end brands such as Coach. Its location to Mizner Park Amphitheatre means that after a day of shopping, guests will often step outside to enjoy an impromptu music concert or festival performing outside the shopping complex. The Town Center at Boca Raton has offered high-end convenience and style together for over forty-eight years with brands such as Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue located in the same area.  

      Restaurants  
      With its moderate climate and long growing season, dining aficionados are drawn to Boca Raton and its vibrant culinary scene. But nothing in Boca Raton can compare to the personalized dining experience offered within St. Andrews Country Club. The Grille at Lakeside is a member favorite and famous for new American fare such as steak and seafood served alongside a breathtaking lake view.    
      Outdoor Activities  
      If Florida is known for its great outdoor activities, then Boca Raton is known for its amazing beaches. Expansive Red Reef Park hosts 39.7 acres for guests to run, play, snorkel, and explore in. Some guests are interested in taking the nature trail and keeping a lookout for local species of birds and mammals, while others are happy to take a dip in the ocean. Known for its signature golf courses, members of St. Andrews Country Club find it easy to gather with friends for a few rounds, or work with a professional to improve their game at the Golf Performance Center.  

      Retirement is for living your best life, and in Boca Raton, we expect nothing less. Live your best life at St. Andrews Country Club, where a full spread of activities and upscale restaurants come accompanied with personal service and connections with your local members. Having been nominated within the Top Ten Healthiest Clubs in America by Prevo Health Solutions, St. Andrews Country Club lives up to the nomination by providing a variety of activities and classes for residents to take. They’ll often be found taking yoga classes early in the morning, and then convening at one of the many events held at the Club later, such as the charity events and cultural events. Live life the St. Andrews way and join us by calling (561)451-4900 or visiting us here.


  • Discover What Makes the Golf Program at St. Andrews Country Club A One-of-A-Kind Experience You Won't Find Anywhere Else
    • Discover What Makes the Golf Program at St. Andrews Country Club A One-of-A-Kind Experience You Won't Find Anywhere Else

       The magic of St. Andrews is the synergy between its outstanding facilities, peerless professional staff, and a discerning membership that appreciates an active lifestyle. The fundamentals of golf never change, but the way you experience the game certainly does. For members of St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton, the ultimate fulfillment is found on the golf course.  

      The Club has two signature designed courses; the Olde Course which was completely renovated in 2016 and is now the Fazio II Course, designed by Tommy Fazio II and the Arnold Palmer Signature ® Design Course. Both 18-hole Championship courses are distinctively challenging as each designer intended. The courses are complemented with verdant fairways, impeccable greens, rolling berms and water hazards and over 70-acres of side-lakes, waterways and wooded areas. 

      A unique feature at St. Andrews is that no tee times are required so members can tee off at sunrise or the back nine at dusk. The club also features a deep-piled putting green, driving range and a brand new chipping area. 

      St. Andrews Country Club offers a variety of amenities that allow you to make the best of your golfing experience including a state-of-the-art Golf Performance Center featuring an indoor hitting bay, V1 Digital Coaching System and FlightScope Launch Monitor® technologies, and a Callaway Golf®-branded club fitting area. These special amenities allow you to visualize firsthand what your golf instructor sees, aid you in adjusting your swing accordingly and enhance your skills in a shorter timeframe. 

      Members also enjoy luxurious locker rooms, club and shoe cleaning service, pro shop and full schedule of clinics and special events. 

      By partnering with Callaway and bringing in V1 and FlightScope technologies, St. Andrews Country Club is the only private club in South Palm Beach County to offer all of these unique services, including instruction in a comprehensive GPC facility. The professional golf instruction staff offers lessons in the GPC, driving range, putting or chipping practice areas or on either of the two 18-hole championship courses. 

      Paul Clivio, Director of Golf and recent recipient of the 2017 Professional of the Year Award from Callaway Golf Company, and the Head Golf Pro and PGA certified staff oversee a full schedule of events, clinics and classes for golfers at all levels of any age. 

      We recently caught up with Mr. Clivio and had a quick convo regarding his recent accomplishment and this is what he had to say. 

      Q: Your career path to become director of golf was unorthodox. After establishing a successful livelihood in the plastics business, you walked away. Tell us about that career choice.

      A: I left a good paying job to make $8.50 an hour, I wanted to work at St. Andrews Country Club that bad! One of the things that makes St Andrews so great is the mutual respect between members and management. We’re all part of the same team to make the club the best it can be every day. St. Andrews has an incredible reputation when it comes to employee loyalty. Most employees and staff have been with the club for their entire career. People don’t want to leave because we make it such a great place to work. 

      Now 23 years later I’m not only the director of golf but about to become president of the SE Florida chapter of the PGA. 

      Q: You were recently awarded the 2017 Professional of the Year Award from Callaway Golf Company. How do you feel about such a prestigious honor?  

      A: I accredit my success to the values my parents instilled in me, especially regarding customer service. My mother is a strong, very customer oriented person who taught me about working with people, listening to what they are saying and really understanding their needs. It’s not about being a great golfer, but more about becoming a better person every day.

      Another thing I accredit is the high standard of Callaway products, and of the club itself. The Golf Performance Center helps golfers find the perfect fit by recording their swings on camera and then play them back to pinpoint issues. 
      The GPC also sells Callaway products. “The best golf company with the best country club, you can’t lose!”

      St. Andrews Country Club, a resident-only Private Golf & Country Club, is located in upscale Boca Raton, Florida near world-class shops, superb dining, cultural attractions and gorgeous area beaches.  

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  • St. Andrews Serves Up A Dining Experience Fit For A Queen

    • St. Andrews Serves Up A Dining Experience Fit For A Queen  


      Chef Darren McGrady, world-renowned for his time as personal chef to Queen Elizabeth II, Diana, Princess of Whales and Princes’ William and Harry, is going to be serving up a dining experience to remember at St. Andrews Country Club. Chef Darren has cooked for Presidents’ Ford, Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush and has made appearances on Oprah, CNN, and the Today Show, just to name a few.  

      He is now a chef, author, culinary consultant, event planner and public speaker living in Dallas, TX. His first cookbook titled “Eating Royally; Recipes and Remembrances from a Palace Kitchen’ is now in sixth print with all of his advance and royalties donated to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation.  

       
      From 1980-1982 Darren trained at the prestigious Savoy Hotel, London achieving the position of Chef-de-partie Saucier.   In 1982, he moved to the Royal Kitchen at Buckingham Palace where for 11 years he cooked for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and their guests on a daily basis and catered banquets for Foreign Heads of State including Presidents’ Bush, Clinton, Reagan and Ford. His duties included traveling with the royal family to Windsor Castle, Sandringham House and Balmoral Castle as well as on the Royal Yacht Britannia on royal tours around the world.  

      In 1993 he moved to Kensington Palace as Private Chef to H.R.H. the Princess of Wales. For four years (until the tragic accident in August 1997) he took control of Princess Diana’s, William and Harry’s day-to-day menus and the preparation and catering of private and official lunch and dinner parties, liaising with the Princess daily.    

       

      Declining an offer from H.R.H. the Prince of Wales to become his Private Chef at St. James Palace, Darren decided to pursue a new challenge in the USA where he moved to in 1998 with his wife Wendy. They have three children, Kelly, Lexie and Harry.   Since the Princess’ death, he has devoted much of his free time working for causes she supported, including shelters for battered women, charities for children with chronic illnesses and disabilities and breast cancer charities.   He also teaches cooking classes, hosts corporate and charity events that include presentations on the royal family.  

      Darren recently became the first private chef invited to cook at the prestigious James Beard House in New York and is featured on American Airlines first and business class in-flight meals between Europe and the USA.  
  • What gives Boca Raton, Florida its reputation as a wonderful place to live work & play?

    • It’s hard to isolate one thing that makes Boca Raton special.  Boca Raton has it all; miles of pristine beaches, endless stretches of parks and bike paths, beautiful golf courses, tennis courts and water parks, class A-schools, culinary triumphs, welcoming neighborhoods and enviable real estate for every taste and budget. Add in national franchises, wine and food events and year-round climate made for outdoor diversions, and you have something to do every weekend.  

      Shopping & Dining
      Boca Raton is also a shopper’s paradise. It’s home to some of the best stores in the world. Whether your style is chic and trendy, relaxed BoHo or sophisticated preppy, Boca has couture fashion for every price range and taste. Boca’s vast culinary landscape is also first class, with numerous options ranging from the best dining in South Florida to the hottest new chefs waiting to be discovered. Great Italian and lauded steakhouses share corners with family-friendly spots and time-honored bars, among others.  

      Beautiful Beaches
      The 70-mile stretch of coastline from Palm Beach through Broward County attracts visitors from around the world. Water temperatures are almost always in the 70s and 80s, so swimming in December and January is a favorite pastime for vacationers. Each mile of beach has its own characteristics, from dune-lined stretches of pure serenity to those with bustling beachside shops and restaurants.   There are reefs up and down our coastline and one in particular is distinguished by Red Reef Park, an underwater reef teeming with sea life in waters only 8 feet deep. Offshore, along the coast there are roughly 70 sites for divers and 25 of these are shipwrecks.   For the sport fishermen, there are several charters for both drift boats and deep-sea fishing but if waterskiing is more your speed, you can slip on skis or jump on a wakeboard at Ski Rixen. Have grandkids? Then enjoy a day of fun at Coconut Cove Waterpark, and slide down one of its two four-story water slides, exercise in the lap pool or explore its 897-foot-wide river ride.  

      The Arts Are Thriving in Boca Raton

      From festivals and galleries to theatre and musical performances, Boca Raton is a chockablock with arts entertainment. Whether you’re a Broadway buff or a music enthusiast, Boca has something for everyone.  The Mizner Amphitheater is at the heart of Boca’s cultural scene. The Boca Museum of Art, also in Mizner Park is another community favorite. The Boca Ballet Theatre, which offers classical training and performances; the Symphonia, which includes domestic and internationally acclaimed conductors and musicians; and the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum at Town Hall are all among local favorites.   

      Golf
      Golf is a staple in Boca Raton, and its countless greens are par for the course. Boca Raton’s golf courses and country clubs attract visitors and residents alike all year long. There are 140 courses in Palm Beach County alone- and some of the most beautiful are in Boca Raton. Palm Beach County hosts professional golf events as well. PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens will host the PGA Honda Classic on February 19-25, 2018.   Arnold Palmer Signature Design at St. Andrews set out to make certain the 18-hole course would leave an indelible mark. The course offers stunning vistas, weaves naturally through rolling elevation changes, and presents risk and reward opportunities that keep the game fresh – even for the devoted daily player. As a Palmer Signature Design course, the layout is the culmination of Arnold Palmer’s more than 40 years of building golf courses of distinction.   The Fazio II Course is a recent addition to St. Andrews Country Club. Designed by golf course architect Tom Fazio II, all 18 holes are special and unique creating a challenging, yet fair, quality of play, requiring players to bring their best golf game. While the course may play long at over 7,000 yards, the layout has generous landing areas and open approaches to the greens.  

      A Country Club for Everyone
      St. Andrews Country Club offers a vibrant, top-quality lifestyle and has done so for more than 30 years. Its distinctions include a “Distinguished Club of the World” and a “Top Ten Healthiest Clubs in America,” and its world-class amenities make life a permanent vacation. With superior amenities, including two 18-hole championship golf courses, one completely renovated. It is home to LPGA touring professional and resident Morgan Pressel. Aaron Krickstein, formerly ranked No. 6 in the world, oversees the tennis program and 14 clay courts. The Club offers a full service-spa, fitness center, four restaurants, three pools, Kids Club, playground, air-conditioned game rooms and catering space for up to 350.  

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  • March Madness Begins at St. Andrews Country Club
    • March Madness Begins at St. Andrews Country Club Time Marches On…

      As we head into mid-March activities are blooming... and activity at St. Andrews Club has seen the largest increase in participation across the board and we would like to thank the House Committee for their service.     

      Election Time
      St. Andrews Country Club held it’s 2018 elections for the Board of Governors. Four seats on the Board were available. The Nominating Committee- consisting of two board members and five members of the community nominated all six candidates who wanted to run.

      The candidates made their presentations to the community on March 4, 2018 and members began submitted their votes the following day. As St. Andrews Country Club has embraced technological advancements, members were also provided the opportunity to cast their votes electronically.  

      March Entertainment in The View Upcoming Acts…  

      Friday, March 16 – Sal Fazio       
      Saturday, March 17 – Dawn Marie       
      Friday, March 23 – Alex Lewis     
      Saturday, March 24 – Spanky & Dino  

      Live Speaker Series

      Dr. James Galvin on Is Dementia Preventable? Dr. Galvin will speak in the St. Andrews Ballroom.   
       
      James E. Galvin, MD MPH is a Professor of Integrated Medical Sciences and Associate Dean for Clinical Research at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University (FAU). He is Founding Director of the Comprehensive Center for Brain Health, and the Executive Director of the Institute for Healthy Aging and Lifespan Studies. He is also Professor of Nursing and Medical Director of the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, FAU.  

      New & Exciting Co-ed Canasta Program


      Wednesday Evenings in the Ladies' Card Room:

      March 14 & 28
      April 11 & 25
      May 9 & 23  

      Passover Seder Dinner will be held Friday, March 30.   

      Our members enjoyed a day trip to Palm Meadows Thoroughbred Training Center.  The day included bus transportation to Boynton Beach, continental breakfast, tour of training facility (including seeing top race horses up close and hearing trainers describe different types of exercise routines for the horses), and more!

      SPAtacular!
      The new spa will have its grand finale mid-summer 2018.  

      6th Annual Camp St. Andrews Color War

      Color War is around the corner and always brings lots of fun and laughter. Ron G. who is the captain and spearheads this annual event works especially hard with staff to ensure fun is had by all participants.  

         

      Beginning Wednesday, March 14, Color War Shirts will be handed out and residents of St. Andrews Country Club will be preparing for the most anticipated event of the season. Members are split into two teams, Red & Black; and will compete in a series of challenges from fitness to cards, tennis & golf and singing to traditional tug-of-war. And of course, no Color War would be complete without full participation from the kiddos. The Junior Tennis Competition kicks off on Friday, March 16th, followed by Golf Skill Challenge on Saturday and closing out with the team song competition & relay races.  

      Color War is a timeless tradition where residents come together for comradery, fun and excitement. Friday, March 16th the festivities kick-off with the Fitness Challenge.  

       



  • 7 Things You Might Not Know About St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton
    • 7 Things You Might Not Know About St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton

      St. Andrews Country Club of Boca Raton, a resident-only Distinguished Club of the World and ranked in the Top Ten of America’s Healthiest Club’s is internationally recognized for magnificent estate residences and recently approved $25 million in renovations. Phase III of the Club Improvement Plan includes a complete renovation of the Fitness/Tennis building beginning in summer 2018.

      The Club features superior amenities, two 18-hole championship golf courses, including an Arnold Palmer Signature Design® and the brand new Fazio II designed by Tommy Fazio II. The club offers a comprehensive Golf Performance Center with indoor hitting bay, private practice area, V1 Digital Coaching System and FlightScope Launch Monitor® technologies, and a Callaway Golf® branded club fitting area. Other features include a full service spa and fitness center and a 125,000 square foot completely remodeled Clubhouse with five dining venues. A pristine Recreation & Aquatic Center features three pools, poolside dining, Splash Club and state-of-the-art playground equipment and air-conditioned game room. St. Andrews has played host to numerous PGA golf exhibitions led by touring pros such as Phil Mickelson, Arnold Palmer, John Daly and Rocco Mediate, and is the home course to LPGA Touring Professional and resident Morgan Pressel. St. Andrews, along with Aaron Krickstein, Director of Tennis, host a variety of exhibition matches with ATP Tour such as Jimmy Connors, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, Ivan Lendl and Jimmy Arias.

      FREEDOM TO PLAY

      St. Andrews has a no-tee-time policy on its Arnold Palmer Signature Design and Tommy Fazio II courses. Typical playing time is under four hours, and should you choose you can literally roll out of bed and head to the first tee without being held up.   

      WORLD-RENOWNED GOLF & TENNIS PROFESSIONALS

      The community has a long history of attracting the best of the best.  Bob Toski, PGA Tour champion and a past number one ranked golf instructor in America, joined St. Andrews in 1979 as its first director of golf and is the Pro Emeritus. Long known for his relationship with Golf Digest Schools, Toski quickly set the standard for the club’s golf programming and education.


      In 1994, Martin Hall, one of Golf Magazine’s “Top-100 Teachers,” joined St. Andrews Country Club as an instructor while studying under the guidance of Toski. He was later promoted to director of instruction and with his tutelage, Morgan Pressel began her professional golf journey becoming an LPGA superstar.   

      Martin Hall is currently listed as one of “America’s Best Teachers” by Golf Digest. As a former assistant to Toski, he continues a tradition of innovative instruction.   “Premier golf instruction is a proud tradition of St. Andrews Country Club,” said Craig D. Martin, CCM, COO/GM. “Our Golf Performance Center goes to great lengths to provide the latest teaching tools including an indoor hitting bay, V1 Digital Coaching System, and FlightScope Launch Monitor technologies. You have heard of celebrity chef visits; at St. Andrews we have celebrity instructor outings. Past exhibitions have been led by Phil Mickelson, Rocco Mediate, and the always colorful John Daly.”   

      Aaron Krickstein, nine-time ATP Tour titlist and youngest player to win an ATP Tour event oversees St. Andrews Country Club’s tennis complex.   

      “My three older sisters played tennis, so the sport came naturally to me,” recalled Krickstein. “By the time I was 12 years old, I was number one in the country in the 12U division.

      Our family moved to Florida for me to face the world’s best and I turned pro at 16.

      “Funny how things come full circle,” chuckled Krickstein. “I trained at St. Andrews as a teenager and now I have been director of tennis here for 17 years!”

      One week before starting his role at St. Andrews, Aaron had a panic attack and couldn’t get out of bed. “I was frozen in fear,” remembered Krickstein. “I almost quit before I started. I knew how to perform on the court, but a managerial position was out of my wheelhouse. My dad had a stern heart-to-heart talk with me and convinced me I was the man for the job.”   Today, Aaron manages three full-time teaching pros and one of the largest tennis operations in Florida. “Tennis is not an afterthought at St. Andrews. I think my years of competition gave me a different teaching perspective. Similar to how I had to size up opponents, I must evaluate how students are likely to learn best. You quickly discover on the court there are all types of people and personalities. I supervise all aspects of our tennis operations, but I must admit, I still have a fondness for being on the court.”    

      WORLD-CLASS GOURMET DINING

      Culinary options have been evolutionary instead of revolutionary. St. Andrews has been fortunate to have seasoned culinary teams that have worked in the kitchens for many years providing a menu that’s wholesome and ever-changing. St. Andrews doesn’t provide lip service to nutrition. In the lower level clubhouse terrace, there’s a garden with 15 different herbs that allow chefs the ability to creatively reduce the use of butter and oil without sacrificing taste.   

      SPECTACULAR AMENITIES AND SERVICES 

      Attracting new members who appreciate the highest quality of facilities and service has been the club’s mission from day one. “Our Club Improvement Plan has played a significant role in attracting younger and more diverse members by creating recreation and dining areas that promote spaces for families of all ages to enjoy,” said Martin. “Continuously improving our amenities and offering the best of everything to our membership gives us that “X” Factor to stand apart from other clubs in the area.”   

      ONE OF AMERICA’S TOP TEN HEALTHIEST CLUBS 

      For the third year in a row, St. Andrews Country Club has been recognized as one of the top ten healthiest clubs in America by Prevo Health Solutions. This distinction is awarded to a select percentage of private clubs who must excel in specific criteria such as providing healthy menu items to members and staff, accommodating health-related needs and providing an array of activities that leverage the amenities and facility.   

      ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCES 

      In addition to superior amenities and service, residents at St. Andrews enjoy once in a lifetime experience such as courtside seats to the Jimmy Connors and Aaron Krickstein Reunion Exhibition held last February. Other exclusive events include the Annual Morgan & Friends Fight Cancer Tournament featuring resident LPGA touring professional, Morgan Pressel and friends. The Annual Camp St. Andrews Color War is another member favorite event where the entire membership, regardless of age, gather together and compete for the championship title. Hence the motto, St Andrews is where neighbors become friends and friends become family.  

      REAL ESTATE AT ST ANDREWS COUNTRY CLUB 

      With 727 single-family luxury estate homes in one exclusive neighborhood set over a lushly landscaped 700+ acres, St. Andrews has earned a reputation for excellence with its, “best-of-the-best” security. From the manned and gated entryway to the on-site Medical Response Team, the security services are quietly and inconspicuously ever present. Throughout the community, guard dogs accompany 24-hour, armed foot patrols, while a state-of-the-art, 24-hour, infrared perimeter system alerts the security force of any intrusion onto the grounds. Every home is monitored around the clock.   

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