Thad Layton began his design career with Arnold Palmer Design Company in 2000 upon earning his bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Mississippi State University. Over the past 16 years, Layton has gained a wealth of experience and insight from his direct involvement in over 60 projects domestic and abroad.
Layton is a student of golf course architecture, drawing design influences from iconic architects such as Alister Mackenzie, Pete Dye, and George Thomas. In 2003, Thad’s expertise was recognized when he was awarded first place in the Alister Mackenzie Lido Prize for Golf Course Architecture.
Known for his thoughtful land planning, creative routing and focus on sustainable design, His overriding goal is to create a fun and strategic golf course for every level of player. He believes the best courses are built in the field and can often be found on-site working side by side 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 such as these that he sets out to create.
Thad is an associate member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), a Registered Landscape Architect (CLARB/ASLA), and has served on the Urban Land Institute’s Recreation Development Council. Layton is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys golf, kiteboarding, and exploring the great state of Florida with his family.