Club History

Maple Chase Golf and Country Club has a 60 year history in Winston-Salem.  In the 1950s, a group of local golfers decided to explore opening a new country club. 
 

 

Maple Chase Golf and Country Club has a 60 year history in Winston-Salem.  In the 1950s, a group of local golfers decided to explore opening a new country club.  The group formed a twelve member Board of Directors and hired Golf Professional Ellis Maples to consult on the viability of location choices.  Eventually the Board and Maples chose to purchase 300 acres of land from the “Cox Farm” off Germanton Road.  Half of the land was subdivided and sold to finance the construction of the golf course.  The other 150 acres was dedicated to the newly formed Pine Brook Country Club.  The front nine holes were built on Cox Farm pasture lands and the back nine were built on a heavily-wooded parcel.

 

While the golf course was being constructed, the Board and new members busied themselves with renovating the existing Cox home into a clubhouse.  They also worked to grow membership.  On May 14, 1955, the course was opened for play.  Ellis Maples became the first Golf Professional for the club and eventually became one of the most acclaimed golf course designers in the country.  In addition to Pine Brook, Maples also designed courses for the following golf clubs:  Cedar Brook, Whispering Pines, Grandfather Mountain, Bermuda Run and The Country Club of North Carolina.

 

During the next 50 years, Pine Brook Country Club flourished and membership grew.  A swimming pool, ballroom and pro shop were built.  Membership grew steadily in the 1970s and 1980s.  In 2000, the members replaced the original clubhouse with a new clubhouse, pool and pool house. 

 

In 2013, the club was purchased by Lynn Murphy and Lynette Matthews-Murphy and was renamed Maple Chase Golf and Country Club.  Murphy, a local businessman, has been involved with the club for many years including serving on the Board of Directors. Lynette Matthews-Murphy is a founder/co-owner of Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen and Bar in downtown Winston-Salem and is responsible for the restaurant’s event planning and marketing. Signature Real Estate will oversee the club’s management and maintenance.


Renovations to the building and golf facilities began in October, 2013.  The renovated ballroom, dining room and bar reopened in April, 2014.  The dining room and bar were named the “Pine Brook Grill and Bar” as a nod to the former club and its history.  The dining area also includes a beautiful outdoor patio with fireplace.  The Pro Shop was relocated to a section of the building to better accommodate golfers and the Club’s staff offices were relocated to the front entrance area to facilitate easy availability for members.  A new fitness center will also be housed in the renovated clubhouse.

 

The golf course has also undergone some tasteful updates that respect the original Maples vision.  The first hole has been redesigned, the driving range has been enlarged and the putting green has been expanded and relocated near the patio and pro shop areas. The pool area has been revitalized with new pool furniture. Maple Chase Golf and Country Club is generating a lot of excitement in the community.  The owners, management and staff are striving to provide a great golf club, excellent dining and meeting facilities and a special retreat for the enjoyment of its members, their families and guests.  We think Maples and company would be proud!

Always a relaxing spot behind the 9th green