Initial routing for Noordwijk
Pennink as player in 1935
Broekpolder just after opening in 1982
Pennink wins the English Amateur

Frank Pennink was one of the post WWII generation golf architects who worked on many of England's and Europe's classic courses, but also designed a number of well known new courses. Most of these were in Holland such as Noordwijk and the A holes at Kennemer, but he also designed Villamoura Old in Portugal.

Pennink was a very good golfer, winning the Englsih Amateur twice, and part of the Walker cup and the Ryder Cup teams before the war. He did a lot of design work in the Netherlands, probably because one of his parents was Dutch. His design philosophy was very much in line with the golden age architects such as Colt and Simpson. However in many cases he had to deal with very modest budgets. This made him focus his attention on creating high quality greens, but at the the same time forced him to save money by using very few fairway bunkers and by creating relatively simple green surrounds.

IVGD's renovation work on Pennink courses has focused on restoring the original width of the playing coridors, restoring and refining the bunker shapes, improving the strategy through fairway bunkering and improving the detailing of the green surrounds.

Frank Pennink courses we have worked at

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