Bill “Hammer” Hamilton was a guiding force for Bayside and the Carl M. Freeman Companies from 1999 to his death in late 2012. As the Director of Golf Operations, he worked with Jack Nicklaus and his team of architects to make the most of Bayside’s unique setting.
Hammer took great pride in Bayside and strove to deliver the best possible experience for both members and visitors, stating: “The first thing we hope each player asks when finishing the round is, ‘What time can we play again tomorrow?’ … hopefully our visitors will be impressed by the challenge and variety of options, as well as the natural surroundings throughout the course.”
Hammer was loved by all and embraced as a consummate professional. In 2013, to honor the inspiration, customer service excellence, and fun-loving nature of our beloved Hammer, the Carl M. Freeman Companies began recognizing associates who share his spirit and passion for the Bayside community. Twice per year, Bayside’s team of partners gather to celebrate excellence. The award winners have included:
· Chris Veirs – Carl M. Freeman Companies, October 2013
· Rich Rishel – Carl M. Freeman Companies, April 2014
· Rachel Allen – Troon Golf and Carl M. Freeman Companies, October 2014
· Charles Tull – NV Homes, April 2015
· Matt Snyder, Sposato Landscaping, October 2015
A new addition in 2015, the Carl M. Freeman Companies instituted the “red jacket” as a tribute to Hammer’s love of the Masters and his beloved NC State, where he was a four year letterman in golf and a lifelong avid Wolfpack fan.
Congratulations to all of our award winners for embodying the Hammer spirit and making Bayside a special place for all.