Born in Louisville (Kentucky) and raised in Indiana, Nathan knew at a young age that he wanted to design golf courses for a living. Though no one in his family played golf, he picked up the game at age 10 and (at the young age of 11) Nathan designed and built a three-hole par-3 golf course on his parents' land where--with the assistance of Jack Nicklaus's "Golf My Way" book--he taught himself how to play the game. After four years of varsity golf in high school, Nathan attended Mississippi State University where he earned a degree from the PGA of America's prestigious PGA Golf Management (PGM) program as well as a B.A. in Business Administration with a Major in Marketing, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He is Professionally Licensed Landscape Architect and served on the ASGCA Board of Governors for three years.
Nathan has been designing new courses and renovating existing courses for nearly 30 years and has garnered a number of awards for his work, including Golf Digest's "Best New Affordable Public Course in America" for Copper Mill Golf Club north of Baton Rouge, Golf Inc Magazine's "#3 Best Public Renovation in America" for his renovation of Ole Miss Golf Club in Oxford, Mississippi, and a 2017 "Design Excellence Award" as voted on by his fellow ASGCA members for his design of the University of Southern Mississippi's Practice Facility at Hattiesburg CC. He also won back-to-back "Environmental Excellence Awards" in 2019 for his full course renovation of The Refuge as part of the new Sheraton Refuge Hotel & Resort and again in 2020 for his lake bank restoration/soil conservation project at Links on the Bayou in Alexandria, Louisiana.
Nathan's restoration of the Pete Dye-designed Hampton Hall Club in Hilton Head and renovation of historic Colonial CC in Memphis have garnered widespread acclaim for his attention to detail and hands-on approach to exceeding client expectations. His clients cover a wide spectrum from municipalities, state agencies, and private clubs to PGA Tour stops, D-I university courses, and even the US Air Force! Nathan utilizes both his decades-long experience in golf course management and operations as well as nearly 30 years of golf course design to assist clients who are seeking to maximize the potential of their projects--and their budgets.
He has been asked to speak at numerous golf and turf industry meetings and conferences, including multiple invitations from the GCSAA to speak at their annual conference about creative ways to maximize golf course budgets, reduce wear, and how design impacts maintenance. Nathan is also a published author (www.VincentVino.com), member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), and was the voice of the airline pilot in the independent film "Invisible World." He is an active user of Twitter (you can follow him on Twitter at @lipouts), writes regularly for a number of industry publications, and began hosting The Lipouts Podcast--named for his Twitter handle--in late 2018 (www.lipoutpodcast.com). The podcast is available on iTunes, Google Play, and all other major podcasting platforms. Nathan and his wife have three children and live north of the Gulf Coast in beautiful south Mississippi, where Nathan serves clients throughout the southeast and beyond.