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.