Closed businesses, restricted travel, and social distancing—it has been difficult to comfortably connect with friends and family during the pandemic. Some communities have taken new steps to stay connected including one of South Florida’s premier country clubs which continues to go above and beyond to safely keep members engaged. St. Andrews Country Club, nestled in Boca Raton, Florida, is known for hosting some of the most extraordinary events and galas year-round. From socials on occasions like New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day, to the extravagant Ladies’ Card Party and family events such as the Winter Carnival, Petting Zoo, and Color War, members look forward to new experiences each month. While events have looked a little different, this year has been no exception. Take a look into some of members’ favorite St. Andrews events held throughout the pandemic.
Socially Distanced Concerts
Sold out arenas and weekend long festivals may be a day of the past; however, St. Andrews has offered a new way for members to still enjoy their favorite music. Taking advantage of the spacious golf amenities, the Club has offered a new concert experience on the St. Andrews Driving Range. Attendees of events like the “Great To ‘SEA’ You Again” two-night show enjoyed a socially distanced performance on 15′ x 15′ private islands dotted the driving range. This two-night experience featured a Greek theme, including a blue and white dress code and matching world-class cuisine. Guests enjoyed a Greek style mezzo plate, a trio plate of filet mignon, lamb chops, herb marinated sea bass, and Chef’s Peggy’s delectable dessert trio. Not only has each concert been accompanied by undoubtably delicious food, but the performers have been even better. St. Andrews has hosted Majesty of the Rock and The Private Stock Band in the past, just imagine who will be next.
A Speaker Series
St. Andrews strives to bring new experiences to members every day in the form of lessons, classes, and throughout the pandemic, a new speaker series. With more time at home, why not find a new hobby or learn something new? St. Andrews has brought in numerous speakers throughout the year including Dr. Oge Marques, a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and, by courtesy, a Professor of Information Technology at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Marques met with members over Zoom to address how to stay sane in the age of social media, big data, and artificial intelligence. His decorated background and expertise on “the social dilemma” were both eye opening and intriguing to say the least.
Are you a movie connoisseur or do you stick to television series? Whether you have seen one or one hundred films throughout the years, St. Andrews has put together an iconic movie club to introduce residents to the classics. In December, the club met via Zoom to watch the Alfred Hitchcock film “The Lady Vanishes,” a 1938 mystery/thriller featuring a group of travelers delayed by an avalanche. There is nothing like movie night with your close friends and family, and in attending movie club events residents can do just that in a safe way. Grab your laptop, favorite snack, and join us at the next one!
A Literary Society
For those looking to stick their nose in a book, or rather enjoy being read to, look no further. The St. Andrews Literary Society brings the community together to indulge in literary masterpieces that are sure to brighten anyone’s day. The meetings are led by Deborah Witham, a graduate of Indiana University with a Ph. D. in English with more than 30 years of teaching experience at the University of Kentucky. Now retired, she teaches lifelong learning classes on literary topics and facilitates book groups across Florida. She guides members through literary journeys, bringing award-winning novels to life each time. On March 3, Deborah read Serenade for Nadia, a heartbreaking Turkish novel based on the real-life sinking of a refugee ship during World War II. One member joined with her next-door neighbor saying, “we love getting together afterward to recap every story.” For those that missed out, the next reading will be April 7 on Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy.
Throughout the pandemic St. Andrews Country Club has continued to bring events to life in new and exciting ways. Each experience filling our calendar brings friends, family, and neighbors together and will continue to do so.
St. Andrews Country Club offers a vibrant, top-quality lifestyle. 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 and virtually no tee times. 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, award-winning spa & salon, fitness center, four restaurants, three pools, Kids Club, playground, air-conditioned game rooms and catering space for up to 350. Their location within Boca Raton puts them near some of the city’s highlights, ranging from Florida Atlantic University, the Wick Theatre, and some of Florida’s best beaches.
For more information about the enviable lifestyle at St. Andrews Country Club please give us a call at (561)451-4900 or visit us at 17557 Claridge Oval West in Boca Raton. You can also sign up here for a complimentary copy of our digital brochure, showcasing the premier lifestyle available at St. Andrews.