Himmerland’s history

 

1979

Flex Plan presents the final proposals for HGCC. The basic idea is that, on buying one of the golf cottages, each homeowner would also purchase a share in the centre, and the operation of the centre and its facilities would thereby become the shared responsibility of the 300 homeowners. Unfortunately, due to declining sales, the operation was unsatisfactory from the outset.

 

1985

The Flexplan Group comes into financial difficulties and the homeowners, therefore, attempt to run the centre themselves, but without success.

 

 1987

All assets in HGCC are taken over by a new limited company, with Lars Larsen, Birdie Thinggaard and Hans-Erik Møller-Hansen as the main shareholders.

Construction of the new 18-hole golf course, New Course, is started.

 

1990

New Course opens.

Vester Farm is privately purchased by the three shareholders and converted into Europe’s largest indoor golf training at 2,000 m2.

Conversion work begins on the old nursing home in Flejsborg, which re-opens laters that year as a cosy golf hotel with 16 double rooms.

 

1992

Hans-Erik Møller-Hansen sells his shares to the other two shareholders.

 

1997

The par-3 course is expanded during the spring with six new holes, becoming an attractive 18-hole short course, “Bette Course”.

 

2002

Himmerland Golf & Resort Hotel opens. The hotel has 60 rooms with 170 beds.

 

2007

Birdie Thinggaard decides to sell her shares to Lars Larsen, who has since been the sole owner of HGCC.

 

2011

Work on Himmerland’s new centre building starts in April.

Himmerland opens a new training facility in May, in co-operation with 3 sponsors — Nike Golf, Carlsberg & Jeld-Wen. The driving range is now called the Nike Performance Fitting Studio.

Reconstruction work begins on PGA New Course in July.

 

2012

In connection with the imminant opening of the new centre building and the reconstruction of New Course, Himmerland Golf & Country Club is re-named as Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort in May.

In July the reception and proshop move into the new centre building, where the new conference facilities are also ready to be used.

 

2013

The last of the new facilities in the centre building open in January, including Nordic Spa Himmerland, the fitness centre, swimming pool, bowling centre and activity centre.

During the spring, the Arcade, The Brasserien and Restaurant P.O.L.O. are renovated.

Backtee Course re-opens for greenfee guests in April following the extensive re-construction work.

In May it is announced that Himmerland will be hosting the European Tour tournament, Made in Denmark from 2014-2016. See photos from the press conference.

 

2014

During the spring the kitchen goes through an extensive renovation, and the centre is expanded with a new club office, golf locker rooms, and VIP locker room.

The new Adventure Golf course opens in August, featuring 9 of the world’s best known golf holes in miniature.

The first edition of the European Tour tournament “Made in Denmark” takes place on Backtee Course from the 14th-17th August. Besides the many players, European Tour staff and volunteers taking part in the tournament, more than 80,000 spectators are welcomed to Gatten during the 5 days. Furthermore, Himmerland has the honour of welcoming HRH Crown Prince Frederik when he takes part in Wednesday’s Pro/Am tournament. See photos from the tournament.

Himmerland receives yet another royal visit in September, when HRH the Queen and HRH the Prince Consort come for lunch as part of the visit to Vesthimmerland. See photos of their visit.

In November, Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort is crowned as Denmark’s Best Golf Hotel 2014 at the World Golf Awards.

 

2015

In February it is announced that Made in Denmark will host a second European Tour tournament, and Made in Denmark Challenge Tour is played at Royal Golf Club in Copenhagen from the 14th-17th May.

The new Arcade Boutique opens next to the proshop in March, offering a selection of luxury items including men’s and women’s clothing, perfume, jewellery, sunglasses etc.

 

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