Utah announces new golf training facility, with help of $1 million gift from Sandy-based Layton Construction

(Photo courtesy of Utah Athletics) | The owner of Sandy-based Layton Construction, David Layton, has donated $1M for the University of Utah's new golf training center, which will be located on Guardsman Way across the street from the Eccles football complex.

The University of Utah is getting ready to build another new athletics building, and it’s coming with a large financial gift attached.

The athletic department on Thursday announced a $1 million gift from David Layton, President and CEO of Sandy-based Layton Construction, to help build a golf training facility on campus. The facility, expected to be completed in October 2020, will be named the David S. Layton Golf Academy.

Ahead of Thursday’s announcement, Layton’s $1 million gift went before Utah’s Board of Trustees at its last meeting on June 9.

“First, I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in getting this project up and running,” Utah athletic director Mark Harlan said in a statement. “To our generous donors and the tremendous work done by Layton Construction, Beecher Walker and our development staff, you have helped enhance our student-athletes’ experience here at the University of Utah. This facility will provide our golf program with an elite training experience that will help continue their rise.”

The 7,000-square foot facility, which will be constructed on Guardsman Way, across the street from the Eccles Football Center, is the ninth new athletics construction project since Utah entered the Pac-12 in 2011.


• Dumke Family Softball Stadium: March 2013

• Spence and Cleone Eccles Football Center: July 2013

• George S. Eccles Tennis Center: July 2015

• Sorenson High Performance Center: Summer 2015

• Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Basketball Facility: Oct. 2015

• Spence Eccles Ski Team Building: June 2016

• Ute Field (women’s soccer, men’s lacrosse): Aug. 2019

• David S. Layton Golf Academy: Oct. 2020