Frank Pennink

Full Name
John Jacob Frank Pennink
Year of Birth
1913
Year of Death
1983 (aged 70)
Place Born
Delft, South Holland, The Netherlands
Place Died
Forest Row, East Sussex, England

“His design philosophy was aligned to that of the Golden Age architects, such as Colt and Simpson. Frequently, though, Pennink was called upon to perform when constrained by a tight project budget; heightening his sensitivity to saving his client’s money." Keith Cutten

John Jacob “Frank” Pennink was born in the city of Delft, which lies between The Hague and Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

After moving to England, he was a pupil at Rose Hill School and Tonbridge School in Kent – playing cricket against Clifton College at Lord’s – before enrolling at Magdalene College, Oxford, where he played golf for the university from 1933 to 1935.

Once he’d completed his studies, his opted for employment within the insurance industry, which is what both Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus did in their early years.

Away from work, Frank was one of the top amateur players in Great Britain, winning the English Amateur Championship at Saunton in 1937 then repeating this feat at Moortown the following year, when he also played in the victorious Walker Cup team at St Andrews.

Unfortunately, World War II then intervened, curtaining his golfing activities, and he enlisted in the Royal Air Force, serving as a Squadron Leader. After the war ended, he became a sports journalist, writing golf articles for the Sunday Express and the Daily Mail newspapers.

Lorne Smith on his website finegolf.com comments about this period in Frank’s life by saying: “he became well known for his informed comment of golf, his intimate knowledge of the game and its exponents being a great advantage.”

Authors Geoff Cornish and Ron Whitten then take up the story in their book The Golf Course: “In 1954 Pennink joined the established course design practice of C.K. Cotton. He eventually headed the firm that came to be known as Cotton (C.K.), Pennink, Lawrie and Partners Ltd.

He was the most active designer in the firm, handling courses in B...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Frank Pennink

Aachener

10th West Germany - Best in Area 66th Germany Ranking

Aachener Golf Club may be the closest that any Colt, Alison and Morrison course in Germany gets to its architectural roots.

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Aroeira 1

8th Lisbon & Centre - Best in Area 22nd Portugal Ranking

Frank Pennink, the master architect, designed Aroeira 1 in 1972 and the course hosted the 1996 and 1997 Portuguese Opens.

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Barnham Broom (Valley)

10th Norfolk - Best in Area

The Valley course was first to appear at Barnham Broom in 1977 and it’s a Frank Pennink design, with several of the holes routed around the flowing waters of the River Yare as it winds its way through the property.

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Breitenloo

15th Switzerland Ranking

Founded in 1964, Breitenloo Golf Club started out with a 9-hole course fashioned by Frank Pennink and Donald Harradine, which the club expanded to 18 holes by 1971.

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Broekpolder

28th Netherlands Ranking

Frank Pennink originally designed Booekpolder Golf Club and he turned a flat, featureless landscape into an exciting, open parkland course. It’s now something of a modern Dutch master.

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Bury St Edmunds

7th Suffolk - Best in Area

The course at Bury St Edmunds Golf Club first opened in 1924, designed by two-time Major winner Ted Ray. Due to the construction of the A14 road in the late 1960s, the layout was redesigned and upgraded by Frank Pennink.

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Castlerock (Bann)

4th Londonderry - Best in Area 16th Northern Ireland Ranking

The 2,446-yard 9-hole Bann is Castlerock Golf Club's relief course and it's routed through towering dunes that sit just off the Atlantic shoreline.

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Conwy

3rd North Wales - Best in Area 5th Wales Ranking

Conwy Golf Club has played host to a number of major tournaments, including the Martini in 1970, when Peter Thomson and Doug Sewell tied on 268...

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Enville (The Highgate)

4th Staffordshire - Best in Area

Founded in 1935, Enville Golf Club added a second layout in the mid 1980s – with the original 18 holes renamed as the Highgate course.

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Frank Pennink Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses played
1 Brian Ward Courses Played 21
2 Jim McCann Courses Played 12
3 Andy Courses Played 12
4 Jorn Greve Courses Played 11
5 Keith Baxter Courses Played 11
6 RM61 Courses Played 9
7 Dan Hare Courses Played 8
8 Ed Battye Courses Played 8
9 Gustav Courses Played 7
10 BB Courses Played 7