Thad Layton began his career with Arnold Palmer Design Company in 2000 upon earning his bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Mississippi State University. Since then, Layton has traveled extensively adding his expertise to over 60 different projects domestic and abroad.
As a student of golf course architecture, he’s studied the great courses of the world with a particular interest in the works of Alister Mackenzie, Pete Dye, and George Thomas. In 2003, Layton’s expertise was awarded when he won first prize in the annual Alister Mackenzie Lido Prize for Golf Course Architecture.
Known for his land planning, routing and injection of bold features, Layton’s goal is always to create a fun and strategic golf course for every level of player. Layton believes the best golf courses are built in the field. Often he can be found on-site with a shovel in his hands working on a feature with the construction crew to get the details just right. Layton is convinced great golf courses can elevate the mind and spirit of the golfer, and it is courses like these he sets out to create everyday.
Layton is an ASGCA Member, Registered Landscape Architect and has been appointed to the Urban Land Institute Recreation Development Council. A husband and father of two boys, Layton enjoys being out on the water teaching his boys how to wakeboard and fish.