Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

FALL 2017

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10 Autumn 2017 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine T he Wake Forest County Club — a Gene Hamm-designed course shuttered in 2007 after a 40-year stint as a playing field for a national pastime right up there with major-league baseball — had its share of eye-opening episodes. Just a year after opening, in 1968, a pair of amateur players out of Raleigh — making their way across a green in a golf cart with two others — were knocked unconscious in a lightning strike, piercing the shirt and slacks of one of them and sending him to the hospital, according to The Associated Press. A jolt of another kind came in 1995. Then, Buddy Willis hit a hole-in-one on the par three 17th hole during a chamber of commerce tournament, winning a cool $10,000 prize. The feat — by the guy who to this day owns downtown's B&W Hardware — had Willis all smiles for a newspaper photographer, who captured Willis on film with his wife, Kathy, while holding his young daughter, the present-day Mary Kathryn Kimray. Then, there's Roger Scott's brush with the country club, or rather a piece of it. It all started about 17 years ago, when Scott, the man behind Wake Commercial Realty, was about to move into a home off Wake Forest's Purnell Road. During the final inspection, he came across a trash pile out back and a heavy oak sign with black lettering reading "Wake Forest Country Club." Turns out the seller's son was once a part-time caddie at the club, Scott said, and the sign — which stood outside the highly visible entrance on Route 1 — had been discarded, replaced by a new one saying simply "Wake Forest Golf Club." When Scott asked what was to become of the sign, the answer came: "They said, 'Nothing. We're going to leave it there for you,'" he said. That was just fine, apparently. "When I saw this, I said, 'I'd like to have that.'" The sign soon took up residence on his backyard deck, he said, drawing admiring smiles from a visiting Mayor Vivian Jones. "She thought it was great," he said. A golfer, Scott said he played at the 18-hole course just a couple times. "I shoot in the high 90s," he said of his scores. The course's Bermuda grass was a challenge, he said, something that tended to embrace the ball and make it hard to spot. "It was a nice course. It really was," he said. Today, the sign is displayed at his and his wife, Peggy's, newer digs in southern Franklin County, just outside Youngsville, its dark lettering withstanding the test of time. He swears he never touched up the paint. "I powered washed it twice," he said. "It's oak. It's heavy oak." The numbers of the club's old address remain affixed to the sign's side: 13239. Eventually, the sign could very well find a new home. Might it ever be gifted to the Wake Forest Historical Museum, a depository for home-grown artifacts? "Probably," said Scott, nevertheless noting that it could — possibly — end up with a South Main Street merchandiser of estates. "Unless Hoy wants to auction it," he said. Rewind PHILIP M. READ Seen by few since the last century, this sign — for the long-gone Wake Forest Country Club — invokes its share of memories. "It hung right up there on the highway," Roger Scott said of his heavy oak souvenir. A conversation piece that isn't just par for the course

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