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Winston Lake Golf Course nominated for national distinction

The Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission wants to acknowledge the golf course’s role in desegregation. It has submitted a proposal to add the facility to the National Register of Historic Places.

Winston-Lake-Golf-Course-clubhouse

A new clubhouse had to be built in 1968 after a fire destroyed the original structure a year earlier.

Photo by City of Winston-Salem via website

You can weigh in on a proposal to add Winston Lake Golf Course to the National Register of Historic Places.

The golf course on Winston Lake Road opened in 1956 — a time when racial segregation prevented or restricted Black golfers’ use of other courses in Winston-Salem. When the first nine holes were completed at Winston Lake Golf Course, Black players could finally enjoy sport with unrestricted access.

The back nine holes we added in 1964 after the Winston Lake Golfers Association pushed for upgrades. The group, as well as other leaders and players connected to the course, were advocates for integrated play in Forsyth County.

Forsyth County Commissioners will consider the nomination during their meeting Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. in the Bryce A. Stuart Municipal Building at 100 E. First St. If they give their approval, the proposal will be sent to Raleigh.