One of the most well-known golf architects in Myrtle Beach is Gene Hamm. No less than seven courses in the area have been designed by Gene Hamm and all are considered to be some of the best golf courses Myrtle Beach has to offer.
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.
Myrtle Beach is a favorite of Gene Hamm, where he has built several courses, all of which are well known and respected by golf professionals. Three of his most famous in the area are Azalea Sands, Beachwood Golf Club and of course Indian Wells. You can add them to many of our Myrtle Beach golf packages.
Azalea Sands is one of the most attractive golf courses on in Myrtle Beach, featuring challenges for every kind of golfer. One of the favorites of the Gene Hamm courses in Myrtle Beach, it is 6,902 yards long with well placed trees and strategic bunkers to test your ability.
Beachwood Golf Club, which is one of the best courses on the Grand Strand and has been the host of the 1989 Carolina Open, the Grand Strand Amateur, the DuPont World Amateur, the Carolina PGA Senior’s Tour Championship and was also the host of the 1992 Golf Writer’s Association of America.
Indian Wells is well known for its tough Hole 9, a par 4, 410 yard hole that was named to the Grand Strand’s Dream 18 holes.
Underrated, but supremely talented, that is how you would describe golf architect Gene Hamm.
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