Frank Pont, IVGD's founder, has been active as a golf course architect since 2003.
After qualifying as a civil engineer from Delft Technical University, he worked for Shell before earning an MBA at the University of Chicago. This was followed by jobs in the consulting sector after which he became an investment banker in London, culminating in him overseeing Deutsche Bank's Global Telecoms team. In 2001, he left London to study golf course architecture at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. There, his specialist studies were in the works of Harry Colt and Tom Simpson. He also undertook apprenticeships with David McLay Kidd in Ireland and Hawaii.
Based in the Netherlands, IVGD has been active and consistently successful ever since.
At present, IVGD is working with 30 Colt, Simpson and Pennink designed courses throughout Europe in order to help them bring back the strategies and styles of their original designs. Additionally, it has built 7 new courses and has several ambitious projects in the pipeline
Frank has visited more than 600 golf courses on four continents. His handicap is 9 and he is a member of five clubs, namely, De Pan, Royal Hague (both Holland), Blackwell (England), Machrihanish (Scotland) and Carne (Ireland).
He lives with his wife and two young sons in a CO2 neutral house near Utrecht in the Netherlands.
October 16th, 2019 | 1 hr 3 mins
State of the Game co-host Mike Clayton has some very special news to share on episode 99 of the show.