Meet Our Team
Chip Smith, Partner
Chip Smith is no stranger to the task of refurbishing and renovating golf courses, with over 25 years of experience in the business. His company, Atlantic Golf Management, has successfully turned around the struggling operations on hundreds of courses across the United States. One of the more notable courses that Smith brought back to life is the Tournament Players Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Purchased in 2006, the course became one of the very few five-star courses in the country after only a few year's of Chip's management.
Doug Marty, Partner
A devoted golfer, Doug Marty has been a South Florida resident for over 15 years. Doug’s background is in business and manufacturing, and he is the owner and president of Air Guide Manufacturing, a Florida-based company. As a resident of Wellington, Doug has seen the growing need for an exclusive and quality golf country club, and he is proud to partner with Chip and Atlantic Golf Management. Doug played an instrumental part in the early stages developing the Wanderers Golf Club and was a Founding Member.
Anthony Apple, Agronomist & Partner
Anthony Apple has more than 34 years of experience in the golf industry with an exceptional background in golf course projects, program and operations management. After receiving his degree from North Carolina State University in 1982, Apple’s career began at Greensboro Country Club in Greensboro, NC. He currently serves as Director of Golf Operations for The Witch Golf Links, The Wizard Golf Links and The Man O’War Golf Links in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Julie Pickens, Special events
Julie Pickens joins Wellington National as the Membership Director and Special Events, and brings her talent and years of business experience with her. Julie has spent much of her career working entities such as the International Polo Club Palm Beach, Breakers Palm Beach and Morton's Steak House, where she ran food and beverage operations as well as membership. Her goal as the new Membership Director is to carry over the skills she gained at her previous prestigious locations to really interact and connect with club members, making for a world-class country club experience. She looks forward to planning various special events from corporate dinners to graduations brunches, romantic weddings and member events.
Ted Strelec, General Manager and Director of Golf
Ted Strelec joins the team at Wellington National after a long and famed tenure at Bear Lakes Country Club as both the Head Golf Professional and Director of Golf. Ted has lived in South Florida most of his life and has established a deep network of lifelong connections both inside and outside the golf community. Outside of his profession, Ted has served as the President of the Board for the Jupiter Horsemen’s Association. Ted is looking forward to putting his forward-thinking dedication to the game of golf and eye for detail to work at Wellington National.
dave alpeter, teaching & Asst. golf PROFESSIONAL
Dave Alpeter joins the team as the Teaching & Assistant Golf Professional. Originally from Ohio, Dave is a Class A PGA Professional and master club repair and fitting specialist. Dave was the Head Golf Professional for two public facilities in Fargo, North Dakota, and has served as Club Professional and Teaching Professional at private and public courses and resorts across Florida. He is active in the tournament scene, and has 19 holes-in-one on record. Dave hopes to create a world-class golf program at Wellington National, and looks forward to helping members reach their maximum potential while keeping it simple and having fun.
DON KRUSE, EXECUTIVE CHEF
Born and raised in Winona, MN., Don had 24 years of food service experience before moving to Wellington in 2002. Here Don entered Culinary school and obtained his first job in South Fl at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach where he worked as assistant Banquet Chef until 2006. During his time Don assisted in both President Trump's and Don Jr's weddings. Don moved to The International Polo Club as Executive Sous Chef until 2017. Don was promoted to Executive Chef overseeing The Mallet Grille, The 7th Chucker restaurant, and the Banquet facility in the Pavilion which provided all the meals daily for the Global Dressage for WEP.
Chef Don looks forward to doing his best to give our members, the utmost satisfaction in their dining experience.
KYLE D’ANDREA, DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP SALES
Kyle is a born and raised a South Floridian; he began playing local courses at a young age. Kyle gained his hospitality experience -of over 10 years- at reputable golf courses, hotels, and restaurants in the area. His eye for opportunity led him to venture into food and beverage consulting. With his personable spirit and strong understanding of hospitality, he has created a broad network of local influencers. In business, Kyle has been known to think outside of the box and has a knack for creative thinking. Kyle has a passion for the game of golf and the community it creates. His goal will be to maintain a fun and relaxed atmosphere at Wellington National. He looks forward to meeting you all very soon and please say hello next time you are at the club!
TAYLOR SUTHERLAND, ACCOUNTING & EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
Taylor relocated to south Florida from Minnesota to pursue her career in accounting. She has an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Accounting from Rasmussen College. Taylor is currently pursuing her Bachelor's in Accounting. Taylor will serve the members at the club through our accounts receivable department as well as our accountant and leadership team in accounts payable. She will also assist in communications and event planning. Taylor is excited to be part of an amazing team to build Wellington National one of the best golf and country clubs in south Florida!