Home of Wake Forest University Golf
Town Club and Wake Forest University are located on the original 1000 acre
estate of tobacco scion R.J. Reynolds, known at the time as Reynolda. In 1938, R.J.'s daughter, Mary Reynolds,
and her husband, Charlie Babcock, donated 165 acres of the Reynolda estate to form Old Town Club next to their
homestead, which is showcased today as the Reynolda House and Gardens and is
now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1956, the Babcocks
donated 300 more acres of the Reynolda estate
to bring Wake Forest College to Winston-Salem from the eastern part of North
Old Town's close association with Wake Forest golf actually pre-dated the
University's relocation to Winston-Salem. The Wake Forest men's golf team
participated in the Southern Conference Championships at Old Town in 1942,
1947, 1949, 1950 and 1952.
By all accounts, Arnold Palmer's masterful
play during a trio of conference championships helped forge the early bonds
between Old Town and Wake Forest golf. Mr. Palmer won medalists honors at Old
Town in 1949 and finished runner-up to Harvie Ward at Old Town in 1950.
In 1954, Wake Forest joined the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), and Old Town
hosted their inaugural Men's Conference Championship. After serving a
three-year stint with the United States Coast Guard, Palmer returned to Wake
Forest and prevailed again to win his second Conference title at Old Town.
Following that exciting beginning, the ACC Men's Golf Championship returned to
Old Town every year through 1958, and then again in 1962. Old Town has proudly
served as the home course of both the men's and women's golf teams since their
relocation to Winston-Salem in 1956.
Today Old Town has a burgeoning National and State membership that includes
many Wake Forest parents and alums. Plus, the Club has granted honorary
memberships to a handful of Wake Forest's most distinguished golfers, including
the following professional Major Champions: Mr. Arnold Palmer, Lanny Wadkins,
Curtis Strange, Jay Haas, and Webb Simpson. Old Town has also helped develop
many talented young lady golfers, including Stephanie Neill, Laura Diaz,
Cheyenne Woods and Jennifer Kupcho.