Winston Lake Golf Course will be inducted into the National Black Golf Hall of Fame during a ceremony March 27 in Tampa, Florida. The historic golf course was selected for the hall in the special category of "Organization and Locations."
Tim Grant, the director of parks and recreation, said, "We are extremely excited to receive this honor. When you look at the history of Winston Lake, I am grateful for all the golfers and citizens who have supported the advancement of golf at this great course."
Winston Lake Golf Course opened in 1956 with nine holes. The course was an immediate hit with black golfers in Winston-Salem and from throughout the area. In 1962, renown golf course architect Ellis Maples was brought into expand the course to 18 holes.
Maples used the rolling terrain to lay out a back nine with narrow fairways and small greens, resulting in a course that can test the ingenuity and skill of the best golfers. When the expanded course opened in 1964, it became even more of a regional draw for black golfers, because it was one of the few courses with 18 holes open to them.
Eventually, Winston Lake Golf Course became a regular stop on the black golf tour. For more than 10 years in the 1970s and 80s, Winston Lake was home to the E. Jerry Jones Pro-Am Golf Tournament, named for the golf pro at the course during those years.
The Jerry Jones Pro-Am attracted some of the best black golfers of the era, including Charlie Sifford, Lee Elder, Pete Brown and Calvin Peete. Joe Johnson, a Winston-Salem native and part-time professional golfer, also played in the tournament.
In a 2006 interview, Johnson said, "Winston Lake was one of the more popular tournaments because Winston Lake had the best golf course… They used to call it the little country club, because it was always in pretty good shape compared to other courses we played, because we always played on city courses."
In 2001, the entire course underwent a $1.4 million refurbishment that brought a new, 4,500 square-foot clubhouse, new practice greens, and an irrigation system for the fairways, greens and tees.
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