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. While working towards my BS of Landscape Architecture at the University of Kentucky (2013), I spent 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 construction crews in Texas. While at Lawsonia I came to the realization that the golf industry had a firm grasp on my professional dreams. After graduating, I started as a project coordinator and estimator with Oliphant, working on projects such as Sand Valley and Oakland Hills.
I left the golf industry for a few years to start a family, and worked for multi-disciplinary design firms in Chicago and Cincinnati, surrounding myself with landscape architects, 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.
Since founding Feature Golf, I have had the wonderful opportunity to work on many projects across the country from California to Colorado to New York to Florida as a design associate. Under the guidance of golf course architects and irrigation consultants, I have been able to learn from some of the best in the industry. In 2021 I had the honor of joining the ASGCA's Tartan Program.
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, daughters Millie and Heidi, and I currently live in Cincinnati, Ohio. Though there's not much free time these days, we enjoy playing golf, hiking (near and far), playing volleyball, and a good, long walk with our dog, Findlay.