Wachesaw Plantation Club Professional Team

Our team at Wachesaw Plantation is dedicated to providing an outstanding private club experience to our members.

Click on each of the headings below to learn more about the Wachesaw team.

  • Dean Abell - General Manager

    • wpcgm@wachesaw.com
      Phone: (843) 357-5112
  • Marc Matson - Chief Financial Officer

    • Phone: (843) 357-5105

      Marc has joined us from the mid-west and brings a multitude of accolades. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a BBA in Accounting and has a Masters in Business Administration/Management from Northwood University. 

      Marc has 15 years' experience as the CFO at 2 private club facilities. He has most recently worked at the Detroit Golf Club, which is one of the premier private clubs in Michigan. He was also the CFO of the Country Club of Lansing for 12 years

  • Joe Gagliano – Head Golf Professional
    • Joe Gagliano - Wachesaw Plantation Club
      Phone: (843) 357-5122
      Joe is a PGA Professional with over 16 years of experience in upscale private clubs. His sense of professionalism and friendly and likeable manner make him a valued member of our team. Joe and his quality staff are focused on providing top notch customer service and an unforgettable golf experience. Their relentless commitment to excellence keeps the golf operation running at the highest level.

      Prior to joining Wachesaw Plantation Club, Joe was at two clubs ranked in Golf Digest’s Top 100 courses: Head Golf Professional at Grandfather Golf and Country Club, Linville NC and First Assistant Golf Professional at The Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst. Joe graduated from Methodist University receiving a BS Degree with dual majors in Business Administration and Marketing, and a concentration in Professional Golf Management. He earned extra certifications in Instruction and Retail through the PGA’s Certified Professional Program. Joe is also certified as a Titleist Performance Instructor. He is a gifted golf instructor and is currently pursuing Master Professional status in Instruction, which is the highest rank available. Joe thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to work with players of all skill levels and taking your game to the next level.

      Contact Joe and let him integrate you into the appropriate skill level golf groups.

  • Tina Smith- Membership Director

    • Phone: (843) 357-5130

      Tina Smith spent her grade school years growing up here in South Carolina, then California. Having family throughout the Carolina’s, she decided to relocated to Murrells Inlet from Newport Beach, California five years ago. 

      With over 20 years experience in the financial and lending industry, Tina spent the past 10 years in hospitality, event services, marketing, advertising and sales.  Some of her cliental experience comes from her contracts with Nasa, US Military, Food and Beverage industry and Fortune 500 banks.

      Tina is excited to be part of the team as well as our incredible Wachesaw Plantation Club.  She has a passion for the members and a great drive to grow our membership while building on those relationships. Tina likes to consider herself as a personal point person for any member looking for any aspect of customer service with regard to utilizing their membership services.  She looks forward to meeting all of the wonderful members of WPC, and creating smiles and laughs at all of your upcoming events!

      She and her husband Joel spend much of their leisure time adding new stamps to their passports. They have three adult children, a daughter who resides in Myrtle Beach, SC and two sons one in Newport Beach, CA and the other in Mid-Town Manhattan, NY. She is a long- standing volunteer and on the Board as a Trustee with Sons and Daughters of Italy Organization while being involved with other nonprofits in the community. 

  • Ryan Belanger - Executive Chef

    • Phone (843) 651-1256

      Chef Ryan Belanger has spent 17 years in the restaurant/hospitality industry. His passion for cooking and delighting people with the food he prepares led him to obtain a degree in Culinary Arts. He has shown his talents previously at four star restaurants and has operated his own catering business. He has participated in and won many regional culinary competitions including Taste of the Town and Coastal Uncorked. He has a flair for “from scratch” entrees and desserts.

      Ryan is a Massachusetts native who relocated to this area 20 years ago. His wife Tara is a grand strand native and they have three sons.
  • Brayer Surratt - Banquet & Catering Manager
    • Brayer Surratt - Wachesaw Plantation Club
      Phone: (843) 357-5141
      Brayer provides a special touch to everything involved with Special Events, and Club happenings. Her ability to understand and satisfy her customers’ individual and collective preferences, combined with her years of experience in the catering and hospitality industry, make her an invaluable asset. She is positive, charming and totally focused on customer satisfaction and ensuring every situation exceeds your expectations.

      Brayer is a master at creating Private and Club Events that fully capture and deliver all your wants and desires . . . from Weddings to Corporate Parties . . . with no detail being missed.

      Brayer is a graduate of Erskine College and has over 15 years in the food and beverage industry, including having owned and operated two area restaurants.
  • Scott Fretz – Golf Course Superintendent
    • Phone: (843) 357-5107
      Scott and his Golf Course Maintenance Team are committed to maintaining the golf course to highest standards to ensure a world class golf experience for all Wachesaw Plantation Club Members and Guests. Scott has 22 years of experience working in the field of Golf Course Maintenance. He came to Wachesaw Plantation Club in 2003 from Kiawah Island Club’s famed Cassique Golf Course where he served as First Assistant Golf Superintendent. He previously worked for the PGA Tour at TPC Jasna Polana in Princeton, NJ.
      Scott is a graduate of Rutgers University, Cook College and graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree, majoring in Plant Science / Turfgrass Management.
      Scott is a longtime Class A member of the GCSAA, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and the CGCSA, Carolina Golf Course Superintendents Association. Scott has served on the Board of Directors of the Palmetto Golf Course Superintendents Association for six years, and is currently the association’s President.

  • Joe Oyco - Head Tennis Professional

    • Phone: (843) 357-5129
      Jose "Joe" Oyco has been coaching and teaching tennis in the states of West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina for 30 years. He was a graduate and former assistant men's tennis coach for West Virginia University under Terry Deremer. For eight years he was the Director of Tennis at the Swarthmore Tennis Camp for Adults and Juniors outside of Philadelphia and for twenty years he was the Head Pro at the Litchfield Racquet Club in Pawleys Island, SC.

      Joe was a former ranked junior player in the Middle Atlantic and is also a member of PTR (Professional Tennis Registry) and USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association) and is also a Certified Hospitality Supervisor (CHS). He has coached state, sectional and nationally ranked players since 1989 and is very involved with all the student's instruction and progress. He definitely enjoys being on the court and spreading his knowledge of the game of tennis.

      A saying Joe has is "Tennis is a huge puzzle and takes time to find the pieces but once you do...the Game of Tennis becomes a beautiful picture that we can not only look at but play for a lifetime."

  • Kimberly Fields- Guest Services Manager

"We are extremely proud of our excellent team of professionals who are totally focused on ensuring the highest level of service and satisfaction for our Members." 

 Allyn Briggs
Board of Directors
Wachesaw Plantation Club