Sponsorships Available for 1st Annual Pro-Am Golf Tournament to Benefit Special Olympics Florida-Palm Beach County

Sponsorships Available for 1st Annual Pro-Am Golf Tournament to Benefit Special Olympics Florida-Palm Beach County

The 1st Annual Pro-Am Golf Tournament, benefiting Special Olympics Florida-Palm Beach County, will be held December 4, 2017 at Wellington National Golf Club, and it is an event you do not want to miss! The first event of its kind in the western communities will give participants the opportunity to play in a respectable Pro-Am tournament while supporting the important work of Special Olympics of Palm Beach County. Wellington National invites you to consider attending and sponsoring this charitable event in show of stewardship for the local Wellington community and especially those individuals with special needs and their families who care for them.

Ted Strelec Announced as General Manager and Director of Golf at Wellington National Golf Club

Wellington, Fla. – Oct. 4, 2017 – Wellington National Golf Club (WNGC) is pleased to welcome Mr. Ted Strelec as General Manager and Director of Golf at Wellington’s premier golf and country club. Strelec will work closely with the club owners, employees and members to continually improve the golf program and daily operations at Wellington National. With nearly three decades of experience in the golf industry, Wellington National is excited to welcome Ted to the WNGC team.

“My goal at Wellington National is to combine my 27-years of experience in the private golf club industry with a lifelong passion for customer service to create a member experience second to none,” remarked Strelec. “The management team at Wellington National plans to create a world-class golf program that’s complemented with a variety of club amenities for the entire family.”

Prior to joining Wellington National, Strelec served as the Director of Golf at Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., a position he held since 2007. Bear Lakes Country Club gave him his start in golf nearly 30 years ago, hiring Strelec as a young high school graduate for the role of Outside Operations Assistant under the mentorship of Kevin Murphy, who is currently Head Golf Professional at the famed McArthur Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla.
Strelec returned to Bear Lakes Country Club in 1996 with the elevated title of Head Golf Professional. After serving that role for 10 years, Strelec was promoted to Director of Golf. Since that time, Strelec’s role at the 36-hole facility included creating and managing a robust event schedule with approximately 90 annual events. In 2009, the country club hosted the Final Stage of PGA TOUR Qualifying School, with Strelec at the helm as the host professional responsible for all aspects of operation.

“We are so thrilled Ted Strelec will now be associated with Wellington National,” said Doug Marty and Chip Smith, owners of WNGC. “His reputation for excellence as a golf professional and management leader speaks for itself and we have high hopes that he will be an invaluable asset to our club as it continues to develop.”

No stranger to South Florida, Strelec has lived in the region most of his life and has established a deep network of lifelong connections inside and outside of the golf community. Outside of his profession, he has served as the President of the Board for the Jupiter Horsemen’s Association.


Introducing our new Yoga Instructor, Anna Shay McEntee!

Introducing YOGALATIS (infusion of yoga and pilates) and AQUA PILATES (in the pool) 

Complimentary Introductory Yogalatis Class will be held on Tuesday, October 3rd at 5:30pm
Moving forward, classes will be held every Wednesday at 5:30pm for a fee of $10.

Complimentary Aqua Pilates will be held on Friday, October 6th at 9:30am.
Moving forward, classes will be held every Fridayat 9:30am for a fee of $10. 

Both Yogalatis and Aqua Pilates are designed to develop the mind-body connection incorporating both Pilates and Yoga techniques. It helps develop core strength, control, flexibility, coordination, balance, dynamic alignment, focus and concentration. This system works the entire body from different planes of movement, providing a total body workout while minimizing stress on the joints, resulting in an effective combination of exercise and physiotherapy. 

This challenging core workout includes aerobic and stationary exercise that stimulates the toning, stretching and lengthening moves that typically require a variety of Pilates resistance equipment. 

Anna will offer a diversity of disciplines each week in her classes to enable her students to attain their maximum potential. 

These classes are suitable to people of all ages and level of fitness and it will enhance the performance of golfers on and off the course. 

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Anna Shay McEntee

Anna is a continuing education provider in fitness for National Academy of Sports Medicine, American Council on Exercise, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, Aquatic Exercise Association and Systematic T.O.U.C.H. Training. 

Save the Date for Special Olympics Tournament Hosted by Wellington National Golf Club

Wellington, Fla. - September 18, 2017 - Wellington National Golf Club is pleased to serve as the host venue for a Special Olympics tournament and fundraiser held within the Wellington community! Make sure to keep your calendars clear Monday, December 4, 2017 in order to participate in the 1st Annual Special Olympics Pro-Am Golf Tournament at Wellington National Golf Club, which will benefit Special Olympics Florida-Palm Beach County.

The day will not only feature an 18-hole men's and women's professional and amateur tournament, but breakfast, a lavish buffet lunch and cocktail reception will be served to players and their families and guests, as well. Breakfast will be available from 7:30am - 8:30 am, followed by a 9:30am shotgun start to the tournament. Tournament teams will be comprised of four amateurs and a professional. Players may sign up as a foursome or, if lacking the number of people to create a full team, as a threesome, twosome or single to be joined with others to constitute a full foursome. 


In Palm Beach County alone, nearly 1,700 athletes are served by Special Olympics Florida, and more than 400 volunteers from the community already donate their time to the program. Special Olympics Florida, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities who wish to participate, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. The ultimate objective of Special Olympics Florida is to help people with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society at large, by offering them a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports training and competition, and by increasing the public's awareness of their capabilities and needs.

Wellington National Golf Club asks you to please consider participating, attending or sponsoring this philanthropic event to help local children and their families. Your donations will help to continue the good work that Special Olympics Florida has been providing for the community and its child athletes.

For more information, please contact Julie Pickens at 561-718-9656 or Julie@WellingtonNationalGolf.com.

To learn more about Special Olympics Florida-Palm Beach County, please click here.

Introducing our Massage Therapist, Kelita!


Wellington National is pleased to welcome Kelita to our team!

Days: Tuesday thru Saturday
Times: By appointment only- Please contact Kelita directly @ 561-315-3030
7:30 am – 8:00 pm, Tuesday – Saturday
·    One Hour Massage $75
·    Add 30 Minutes for only $20 extra
·    “By the Pool Bliss” – 20 Minutes for a foot, hand or foot/hand combo massage by the pool for $20
Location: 400 Binks Forest Drive, Wellington, Florida, 33414

"Health and Wellness is expressing a vibrant Lifestyle!
It is an actively, deliberate sought out set of goals that balances the mind, the body and spirit
in order to reach your full potential in life."
- Kelita

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About Kelita
·    Originally born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Kelita was an elite gymnast from the age of 10 to 20 years old.  She was top in her province (state) and competed internationally as a member of the Canadian National Team. With her sight set on qualifying in the Olympic Trials for Team Canada, she sustained a fall while training, ending her Olympic dream. 
·    She also grew up learning to ride horses from her mother, at the young age of three. She went on to play polo and train young horses. In turn, she taught her sons how to ride when they turned 3 years old. One of her fondest memories is teaching her sons how to play polo, and then playing together.  Along with a family friend, the four of us were often successful victors of weekend tournaments. 
·    Miguel Jr. and Santiago (Santi) are both professional polo players, turning pro at the ages of 14 and 11, respectively. They are considered to be two of the best young players in the USA, and compete internationally. 
·    After spending 30 great years in Santa Barbara and Indo, California, she brought her sons to Wellington, and stayed.
·    For years I used to practice my massage techniques. I decided to make it official, graduated with Honors from MCI Institute of Technology and Massage Therapy School, in West Palm Beach, FL in 2014.
·    Being an athlete all my life, I have experienced my share of chronic pain. After years of trying this and that, lots of research and being thirsty for new knowledge, I now specialize in chronic pain. It is very rewarding to see my clients feel better and function better after their first massage with me. I am very grateful to have the ability to make such a profound impact in peoples’ lives. I strive for excellence and finding a peaceful balance in everything I do. My passion for our equine athletes, my two sons, health and wellness, and the human brain inspire me every day to learn more, so that one day I will be the change in the world, that I want to see.

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Why Therapeutic Massage?
·    Therapeutic Massage features leisure and relaxation ~ good for the soul and peace of mind
·    Therapeutic Massage is also a very versatile modality that is customized for each person and their specific focus
·      With guidance, especially when it comes to relaxing, learning breathing techniques, addressing chronic pain or a combination thereof, and the rewarding results speak a thousand words
·    The very nature of golf, like any other sport, is not immune from experiencing chronic pain of any degree. Chronic pain can be devastating to an amateur or end the career for a Pro
·    According to the National Center for Health Statistics (2006), approximately 76.2 million, one in every four Americans, have suffered from pain that lasts longer than 24 hours and millions more suffer from acute pain. Chronic pain is the most common cause of long-term disability. Mar 29, 2013
·    With intention, I work the whole body because everything is connected
·    Having massage available, offers convenience by being in-house with trouble-free access for members seeking exactly that, Health & Wellness
·    Wellington National is a special meeting place where golfers, Equestrians, athletes of all disciplines and their families come worldwide, to experience the best that Wellington has to offer.

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Unique and Exclusive Therapeutic Massage that Melts Away Chronic Pain and Discomfort
·    The “Classic Massage” (Swedish) – Therapeutic massage with a softer touch in mind. Great for anyone who prefers a lighter touch, while still receiving all of the benefits of releasing discomfort within the body
·    The basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping) and friction (cross fiber)
·    Our heightened awareness of Chronic Pain has increased rapidly, prompting more and more people to seek relief through Therapeutic Massage
·    Deep Tissue and Trigger Point - Slower friction and deep-finger pressure on the area of the body that is experiencing chronic muscle tension and pain in places like neck, shoulders, lower back & hamstrings, hands, feet, for example
·    I adapt my pressure through my touch and often find areas that clients didn’t even realize hurt
·    Based on the principals of Reflexology, I work on the hands, feet , heels and ears with more of a gliding action combined along with a static squeeze action on the toes for example, linking the body systems to the body’s organs, stimulating a health response and restoring “flow”.

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·    Introduction to our new Health and Wellness Program
·    Clever Nutrition
·    Feed Your Brain, Fuel Your Life
·    Science Matters!
·    Support your brain at the cellular level, helping you to maintain a healthy brain and increased functionality
·    Protect stem cells for optimal health
·    Recover, Repair, Rehydrate, Replenish
·    For the evolution of our mind ®
·    Maximize peak cellular performance
·    Increased Energy
·    Increased Joint Mobility
·    Focus & Mental Clarity
·    Physical & Mental Wellbeing*
·    Decreased Recovery Time
·    Deceased Fatigue
·    Decreased Duration of Muscle Soreness
·    And more
·    Experience the competitive edge!

Kathrine Torres, LMT
License # MA76675
Cell Phone 561-315-3030

Champion Bistro to Offer Wood-Fired Pizza

The Champions Bistro, scheduled to open in July, is nearing completion with the arrival of an authentic napolitano pizza oven, direct from Italy. Reaching temperatures of up to 1100 degrees, this oven is capable of making pizza in just a few minutes. Enjoy wood-fired classics such as Margarita pizza, specials, and a build your own option, complete with a full list of fresh ingredients prepared by Chef Jordan Naftal and his team.

Bob Toski Recognized as Legendary Honorary Wellington National Golf Club Professional

Wellington, Fla. – June 14, 2017 – Wellington National Golf Club is proud to welcome the famed American professional golfer and golf instructor, Bob Toski, to their team. Mr. Toski’s title of “Legendary Honorary Wellington National Golf Professional” pays homage to his tremendous contributions to the sport of golf and the South Florida golf community. A member of both the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame and the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame, Mr. Toski continues to be actively involved in all aspects of the golf industry and will help Wellington National Golf Club continue to be the most successful private golf club in Wellington, Fla.

Bob Toski (left) with Wellington National Golf Club Owners Doug Marty (center left) and Chip Smith (right)

Bob Toski (left) with Wellington National Golf Club Owners Doug Marty (center left) and Chip Smith (right)

Originally from Haydenville, Ma., Toski was introduced to golf at an early age, learning to play and working as a caddy for two of his older brothers who were assistant professionals at Northampton Country Club. Over the years his skills progressed and he joined the prestigious PGA Tour at just 23 years old, claiming his first victory in the newly formed Insurance City Open golf tournament in 1953. Just a year later Toski’s professional career took off when he became the leading money winner with $64,000 in seasonal earnings. Receiving a record amount of $50,000 for first place in the World Championship of Golf in Illinois, the richest prize-money golf event in the world at the time, Toski also earned a $50,000 contract from golf promoter George S. May for fifty worldwide exhibition events.

Toski chose to leave the PGA Tour at the age of thirty to be with this growing family and moved to South Florida where he taught golf in Miami and Key Largo as a professional. Toski’s career as an instructor would revolutionize the industry in a profound way. Named a leading golf coach, Toski passed on his experience to international professionals including Tom Kite, Judy Rankin, Bruce Crampton, Ken Duke and many others. He has authored more than a dozen books on golf instruction and produced a video entitled Toski Teaches Golf. This early tutorial set into motion the Golf Digest instructional schools, all created with the goal of reaching as many students as possible.

Nicknamed “The Mouse” on the green for his small stature, Toski’s impact on golf is just as powerful as the driving prowess for which he was known for on tour.

“Wellington National is honored to be associated with a professional of such talent and character as Mr. Toski,” commented Doug Marty, founder of Wellington National Golf Club. “We are looking forward to hosting Mr. Toski at our numerous golf events and using his vast knowledge to help our club continue to enhance it’s offerings.”

Welcome Mr. Bob Toski!

Wellington National Golf Club is the premiere members-only club in the heart of Wellington, set amid a lush, award-winning golf course which stretches more than 260 acres. In addition to our full service, all season golf-course, world-class amenities include fine dining at the Wine Bar or Champions Bistro, fitness center, relaxing yoga classes, golf pro shop, pool, weekly social events, and supervised kids room for your enjoyment.

Come experience the country club lifestyle perfect for families, golfers, and equestrians at the all-new Wellington National Golf Club.

For more information on WNGC and membership please click here.

Wellington National Golf Club Mourns the Loss of James Pickens

Wellington National Golf Cub (WNGC) is deeply saddened to announce the death of Membership Director, Julie Pickens, husband James "Jim" Pickens. Jim unexpectedly succumbed to a two-year battle with cancer on April 30. Julie and family members were by his side at the time of his passing. 

WNGC takes pride in the close relationship that it maintains with its staff and members. Many of our members are also friends to Jim and Julie and we want to extend the opportunity to offer their condolences to Julie and her two children, during this incredibly difficult time. 

"The entire Wellington National community wishes to send its deepest condolences to Julie and her family," said WNGC owner, Doug Marty. "We are going to miss seeing Jim with his family at our club during events and holiday's and we are going to do our utmost to support Julie in her time of need." 

A South Florida native, Jim Pickens was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed scuba diving and fishing. Jim and Julie were married for twenty-four years and had two children, Caitlin (24) and Kyle (19). 

Please send all membership related questions or requests to Membership Coordinator Jesse Baker at jesse@wellingtonnationalgolf.com

Funeral and memorial details will be announced as they become available.

Wellington National Golf Club Offers Exciting Summer Membership Opportunities

Wellington, Fla - April 13, 2017 - Ever wanted to know what it was like to be a member of one of the most exclusive country clubs in South Florida? Now is the perfect time to find out! Wellington National Golf Club (WNGC) is offering Family Summer Memberships, from May 1, 2017- October 15, 2017. 

The Family Summer Memberships are the perfect way to make sure your summer months are memorable for your entire family! Summer Members will enjoy all of the privileges and amenities that WNGC has to offer, including tee times, driving range, access to the fitness center, yoga classes, outdoor pool, attended kids play room, and dining at the Wine Bar and Champions Bistro.

Prospective members can contact Membership Director, Julie Pickens, directly at 561-718-9656, to discuss the wide range of membership opportunities available.



WNGC Congratulates Alexa Pano on her win in the Girls 12-13 age group of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National!

A few months ago the Golf Channel came out to Wellington National to film a segment on a remarkable young golfing talent - Alexa Pano. Last year, Alexa won her age division at Augusta National Golf Club and we are pleased to announce that this year she had a repeat victory on the Sunday before the Masters Tournament in the Girls 12-13 age group of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship!

We were very pleased to host Alexa and look forward to seeing more of her and other aspiring young talent at Wellington National! Check out her profile and post win interview below!

Wellington National Golf and Country Club Celebrates Their First Anniversary

Wellington, Fla - April 1, 2017 - Wellington National Golf and Country Club recently celebrated it's one-year anniversary. The inaugural year was filled with tremendous growth, vast improvements, and incredible events, all of which have helped to make the club the one of the most exclusive venues in the western communities. Under the leadership of owners, Doug Marty, Chip Smith and Andy Apple, as well as a powerhouse team of executives, WNGC has been transformed to a top-notch members-only club with a long list of exclusive amenities.

"We are so thrilled with what we have accomplished at the club," said Doug Marty, co-owner of WNGC. "It has been incredibly rewarding to see the response to our vision in the number of members that consistently play on our course and dine at our club. We have worked hard to make the club a place where our members and their families can enjoy great events and a welcoming atmosphere."

WNGC features a lush, award-winning golf course that spans more than 260 acres. Members have access to amenities that include a spacious fitness center, vibrant children's play room, and picturesque pool and patio for lounging and dining. Dining options include the Wine Bar, which hosts a menu that ranges from tapas to steak entrées. The Champions Bistro, scheduled to open in May 2017 will offer member's an impressive menu of innovative entrées to enjoy while overlooking the magnificent view of the 18th Green.

"The improvements to our facility are far from over," explained Marty. "We have been successful in creating a fun atmosphere that our members enjoy."

Now is the perfect time for prospective members to join Wellington National. Summer Golf/Social Memberships, offered from May 1, 2017- October 15, 2017 are the perfect way to make sure your summer months are memorable! Summer Members will enjoy all of the privileges and amenities that WNGC has to offer, including tee times, waived greens fees, driving range, access to the fitness center, yoga classes, outdoor pool, attended kids play room, and dining at the Wine Bar and Champions Bistro.

Perspective members can contact Membership Director, Julie Pickens, directly at 561-718-9656, to discuss the wide range of membership opportunities available.

Wellington National Golf Course Hosts Successful 5th Annual Salty Classic Golf Tournament

Wellington, Fla. - Dec. 28, 2016 - The Wellington National Golf Club (WNGC) hosted the 5th annual Salty Classic Golf Tournament, which benefited the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and the Athletes Advantage Scholarship Fund. The tournament, held on Dec. 2, 2016 at the newly refinished golf and country club, was an enormous success raising awareness and funds for the two charities.

The event, led by Jarrod "Salty" Saltamacchia, the star baseball catcher, was an opportunity for avid golfers to come together in teams to support a great cause while enjoying a "scramble" game of golf on WNGC's award-winning course.

"I thought the course was beautiful!" Saltamaccia said. "The owners were incredibly helpful and the service was outstanding. It was the biggest turnout we have ever had and I couldn't have been any happier with the event."

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) ensures full financial assistance for a post-secondary degree from an accredited two or four-year college, university, technical, or trade school to the surviving children of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel who lose their lives in the line of duty. The SOWF also offers family and educational counseling and immediate financial assistance to severely wounded and hospitalized special operations personnel . After being founded in 1980, the foundation has helped 260 students graduate from their chosen institution. Currently there are 150 students working towards a degree and 700 more students waiting to further their education.

"The great thing about the scramble tournament style is that it mirrors exactly what our organization does- bringing the four services together to act as one team to create a winning environment for the children of our fallen members," said William "Calvin" Markham,Command Chief Master Sergeant (Ret) with SOWF.

"The owners at WNGC did a great job in getting their members involved and selling out all of the teams for the first time in the history of the tournament," Markham continued.

The Athletes Advantage Scholarship Fund, is a program that helps young, passionate athletes, train at the Athlete's Advantage Club in Wellington. By pairing private donations with a matching donation from Athlete's Advantage- the Scholarship fund helps to give driven athletes the tools they needs to succeed. 

"We were delighted to host this great tournament!" said Chip Smith, one of the three men who founded WNCG. "Not only was it an awesome day, but we are happy to be able to give back to our community."

WNGC was thrilled to be a part of such a special event and to have helped bring golf enthusiasts and philanthropists together. It was the first year in the tournament's five-year history that all 34 team slots were filled.

To learn more about the Salty Golf Tournament and the Special Ops Foundation, please click here.

To learn more about the Wellington National Golf and Country Club and their varying level of membership and events, please click here.

Wellington National Welcomes Food and Beverage Director Jordan Naftal to Their Outstanding Team

Wellington, Fla. - Dec. 23, 2016 - The Wellington National Golf Club is proud to welcome Jordan Naftal to their powerhouse team as the Director of Food and Beverage. Since opening in August 2016, the premier golf and country club has exceeded its initial goals, including selling out the founding level membership and hosting prestigious charity golf tournaments. 

With the help of his team, including chef Enrique Noble who also came from Jordan's Bistro, Naftal will manage the food and beverage operations at WNGC including operating both the wine bar and Champions Bistro, which is expected to be completed in the early months of 2017. Full service catering for member and non-member events will also be offered through the WNGC team. The open architectural design of WNGC is perfect for hosting large charity fundraisers, weddings and events, as well as serving the country club members daily.

"I am thrilled and honored to be taking on the food and beverage operations of Wellington National, and believe we can do amazing things here," said Naftal. "The potential for this beautiful space is limitless, and I am excited about continuing to serve some of our guests we have come to know over the past four years at Jordan's. My passion for food and beverages is fueled by the guests we serve."

Members who dine at the Wellington National Golf Club can look forward to an outstanding menu that relies on only the freshest ingredients and will rotate frequently. 

"We are thrilled to be able to announce that Chef Jordan and his team have come on board at Wellington National," shared Chip Smith and Doug Marty, the founding partners of WNGC. "He brings with him an unmatched reputation of excellence and professionalism and we think he will establish our restaurants as stand out dining venues in the Wellington community."

Wellington Hospitality Group, will continue to be present at WNGC by hosting private events at the golf and country club. They will also be available to cater and plan events for individuals and organizations throughout Wellington and the Palm Beach area. 

The Wellington National Golf and Country Club is well on its way to becoming the go-to golf and event venue of Wellington and Palm Beach County. For more information on membership, please contact Julie Pickens at Julie@wellingtonnationalgolf.com.

For more information on dining and catering, please email chef@wellingtonnationalgolf.com.

Wellington National Golf Club Memberships Going Strong; Founders Level Already Sold-Out

Wellington National Golf Club Memberships Going Strong; Founders Level Already Sold-Out

The hard-working team at Wellington National Golf Club continues to put the finishing touches on the club house facilities and the 18-hole championship-caliber golf course, and the reaction from those who have paid a visit has been nothing short of spectacular. All are welcome to stop by and see the newest and most exciting golf experience Wellington has to offer.