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