Established Dutch golf architect Frank Pont has been in the design business since 2003 and has largely made his name working on prestigious Harry Colt and Tom Simpson courses on the mainland of Europe. He did some minor tweaking to the 4th green at Swinley Forest, but more substantially Pont restored and renovated all of the Colt greens at the Royal Hague course in Holland. He was also involved in restoration work at another nearby Colt gem called De Pan, as well as a number of other classic layouts in Europe by the likes of Tom Simpson and Frank Pennink.
In terms of new course design, Pont created the very fine De Swinkelsche golf course in Holland.
In 2016 Pont announced a trans-Atlantic partnership with American Mike DeVries, which appeared focused primarily on restoration projects on classic old golf courses. In 2019 the pair joined forces with Australian Mike Clayton, to form the CDP Golf company (Clayton, DeVries & Pont). It will be interesting to see whether this new company targets work in the US, Europe, Australia – or elsewhere.
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