Scott Hamm, CGCS, started his job six months ago at Haig Point Club on Daufuskie Island, S.C. In that time, he already has encountered a tropical storm and a hurricane named Matthew.
Hurricane Matthew devastated five states along the southeastern coast last week, and coastal golf courses in South Carolina were among the hardest hit. That includes famed Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island and the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island.
Before the hurricane hit, Daufuskie Island's 300 residents were evacuated. Hamm, who is 55 and a 31-year GCSAA member, chose to stay and ride out the storm.
"I don't know if I'd do that again," says Hamm, who previously worked at Colony Golf and Country Club in Ft. Myers, Fla. "We didn't have any flooding, but there are probably 1,000 big trees down on the island. We have 100 trees down on the golf course alone. It's amazing how the trees fell and somehow missed the homes. I am just driving around now and going 'Oh my God.' The good Lord was looking out for us. But we'll probably be without power here in Beaufort County for the rest of the month."