Lloyd M. Clifton, Sr.
Lloyd M. Clifton, Sr. was the founding member of the Clifton Ezell and Clifton Golf Design Group. Born August 8th, 1924, Lloyd earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture from the University of Florida. His career began in golf course management and horticulture in 1954 at Daytona Beach Country Club.
In 1964, Lloyd M. Clifton, Sr. designed his first course, West Orange Country Club. Lloyd continued to design more than twenty other courses in the following years until formatting Clifton Ezell Clifton in late 1987. Since then, Lloyd has consulted on well over 200 golf courses throughout Florida, providing insightful and logical solutions to modern agronomic problems and design issues.
He earned the “Wreath of Grass” and “Keeper of the Green” awards and was a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. Ken Ezell and George, Lloyd's son, continued to rely on his words of wisdom until his passing in 2014.