Having grown up in Raleigh, North Carolina, golf course architect Gene Hamm has always called the Carolinas home. Since putting out his shingle as an architect in 1959, Hamm has designed about 60 courses throughout the United States, several in Myrtle Beach. Some of his best work includes the course at Indian Wells.
The underpinnings of Hamm’s design philosophy come from his apprenticeship work starting about 1955 with renowned architect George Cobb, a prolific designer who specialized in creating attractive layouts that the average golfer would find enjoyable rather than frustrating.
In 1957, Hamm contacted Robert Trent Jones and created two courses for him. Two years after this, Hamm was ready to go it alone. The Indian Wells golf course, created in 1984, perfectly reflects Gene Hamm’s vision of a fair course that is challenging and fun, but not frustrating.