Scott Laffin, PLA (OH #1801486, KY #977, NM #603, AZ #71802)
I grew up in suburban Chicago, and became introduced to the game through summers spent caddying at a local country club, and playing countless rounds at municipal courses with friends. It wasn't until I was in college that I realized that I could merge my love of the game with a profession I was passionate about. While working towards my BS of Landscape Architecture at the University of Kentucky (2013), I spent my summers working on grounds crews, and landed an internship working for Oliphant Golf, initially as a grounds crew member at the Golf Courses of Lawsonia, and eventually on a construction crew at Vaquero Club in Texas. It was here where my passion for golf course architecture began. I started my professional career as a project coordinator and estimator with Oliphant, working on projects such as Sand Valley and Oakland Hills. I worked under two fantastic mentors, in Mike Oliphant and Craig Haltom, who taught me what it takes to make it in the golf world, and how to be a professional.
I left the golf industry to start a family, and worked for multi-disciplinary design firms in Chicago and Cincinnati, surrounding myself with architects, civil engineers, and surveyors. I gained invaluable experience working with brilliant individuals, who I am truly grateful for. During my "time away" from the golf industry, I got my fix by moonlighting for irrigation and golf course designers and contractors. Through this experience, I realized that I had the potential to perhaps make this an actual career.
As a landscape architect, I strive to make golf course design a more sustainable practice, and to enable strong relationships between the built facilities and their surrounding environments.
My wife Hillary, daughter Millie and I currently live in Cincinnati, Ohio. Though there's not much free time these days, we enjoy hiking (near and far), playing volleyball, and a good, long walk with our dog, Findlay.