Gene Hamm has been around some of the best golf course designers of the 20th century. In 1957, he placed a call to Robert Trent Jones for work that would change his entire life. Within two years he had designed and built two golf courses for Jones, and by 1959 was ready to be a golf architect on his own. Since then, Hamm has designed 60 golf courses all over the United States. However, South Carolina is always home for Hamm, who grew up in Raleigh and began his golf career as a caddy at the Raleigh Golf Association course in 1946. by 1955, he was working with George Cobb building courses, experience that would suit him well when he would go to work for the legendary Robert Trent Jones.
In the Pinehurst area, Hamm designed The Magnolia Course at Pinewild, Beacon Ridge Country Club and both courses at Foxfire. Both Foxfire's Grey Fox Course (formerly the East) and Red Fox course (formerly the West) are an excellent test of golf for all skill levels. Bermuda fairways wind through towering pines, around rolling hills and past pristine, clear lakes. Water comes into play on nearly a third of the holes. Bent-grass greens are well- maintained. Both 18-hole championship courses feature the "Kirby Marker System" of precise yardage measurement. Both courses are open for daily play and make an excellent combo for someone wishing to play 36 holes in a single day