Thad began his design career at Arnold Palmer Design Company upon earning his degree in Landscape Architecture from Mississippi State University in 2000. He has gained a wealth of design experience and insight from his direct involvement in over 60 projects domestically and abroad. Layton is a student of golf course architecture and passionate about the game. In 2003, he placed first in the annual Lido Prize for Golf Course Architecture for his design submission to the Alister Mackenzie Society. As an architect, Thad's overriding goal is to create fun and strategic golf courses that blend seamlessly into the native landscape. He believes the best courses are a result of time spent in the field, not the office. Thad 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. Layton is a Registered Landscape Architect (CLARB/ASLA), and has served on the Urban Land Institute's (ULI) Recreation Development Council.