Bob graduated from East Texas State University where he was a member of the Varsity Golf Team. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1971. He pursued postgraduate studies in Urban Planning and Parks and Recreation at Texas A&M University - College Station.
His first job after graduation was with Club Corporation of America from 1972-1974 where he served as a Construction Superintendent.
In 1974 he joined the Arnold Palmer Organization, under Ed Seay, as a Design Associate with Palmer Course Design Company.
In 1986, he opened his own firm, Robert C. Walker, Inc.