Hendrik Hilgert was a successful tennis player in his youth. The first time he picked up a golf club was in his early 20's. His enthusiasm for golf course architecture and classical courses started around the turn of the millenium when he was living in London and played some of the best Scottish links courses for the first time in his life. Since then, Hendrik has visited Scotland and Ireland many times and has played most of the best courses there such as St. Andrews Old, Carnoustie, Royal Dornoch, Turnberry, Royal County Down, Ballybunion and Lahinch.
Hendrik loves these courses because they create "pleasurable excitement" as Alistair MacKenzie once wrote: They do not only challenge the golfer technically but they also offer strategic choices which creates mental challenges for the player too, and also many of these courses excel not just through their own beauty but by having become a completely natural part of the landscape.
Before getting into golf architecture, Hendrik was in Banking for more than 20 years. He became a senior banker working for Global investment banks in both London and Frankfurt. Through the years, Hendrik provided strategic advice to many multinational corporations as well as to mid-sized companies and to growth companies and executed many successful projects for his clients.
During 2014, Hendrik started to support Frank on selected projects such as the restoration work in Le Touquet, which then led to Hendrik's and Frank's decision to jointly set up Infinite Variety Golf Deutschland at the end of 2014. Frank and Hendrik first met and became friends when they worked together at Deutsche Bank in London. Hendrik holds a Masters degree in Business and a Ph. D. in Economics from Hamburg University. Hendrik is married and has two girls. He lives with his family in Oberursel on the outskirts of Frankfurt.