Billy attended North Carolina State University and graduated in 1972 with an Associate's degree in Turfgrass Management. This included three years of civil engineering before switching to the School of Agronomy. He then spent 14 years serving various golf courses as Golf Course Superintendent or Director of Agronomy. These golf courses included Seabrook Island Resort, Wildewood Country Club, Palmetto Dunes Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Augusta National Golf Club. From 1986-1988 Billy served as General Manager through the startup and establishment of Port Armor Golf & Country Club.
It was in 1988 that Billy turned to golf course design and began working for Cupp Design, Inc. as a design associate and senior agronomist where he worked on more than 100 new courses. In 2004 he founded his own company, Billy Fuller Golf Design. Billy believes that "golf has a vital and vibrant future, that the best of days are still ahead of us and that we can realize this future by returning to the core values of Golden Era design concepts."