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. Burning Ridge Golf Club is proud to be a Gene Hamm course.
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.
Hamm is known for what he has done at Burning Ridge: mass the fairways with visual perspective so that it looks like there isn’t a lot of area to land when in reality there is plenty of room. Always one to honor nature while creating courses that are both challenging and fun to play, Hamm’s design imprint is written all over Burning Ridge.