The grass is always greener at HimmerLand
Exactly 2.6 millimetres and just as even and delicate as a carpet. Not too spongy nor too dry. Can you guess where we are at? Yes. The perfectly nursed greens at HimmerLand. Johnny Kristensen has the appreciatory title Head Greenkeeper and has been a part of the journey with HimmerLand for the past 16 seasons.
Being a guest at the greens in HimmerLand, you should feel welcome and special whether you are a single player aiming for a quick play, or if you are a larger group of people who plans to stay the whole day. “All guests should have the exact same experience”, Johnny Kristensen mentions. The green is being trimmed every day, and the bigger areas are trimmed 3-4 per week. HimmerLand’s golf facilities have a total of 360 hectares whereof the 100 hectares are grass that needs to be trimmed. A normal workday begins at 6 in the morning, where the most important areas are taken care of.
HimmerLand is especially known for their very green and well-kept golf facilities, but such perfect greens do not grow by themselves. Being a greenkeeper at HimmerLand is a demanding job that takes both know-how and an outgoing personality. Being employed at one of Lars Larsen Group’s companies – no matter which job title you have, you must be service-minded and smiling. Last mentioned should already be an integrated part of any given workday, as Johnny Kristensen states: “To be a good greenkeeper at HimmerLand, it is crucial that you come to work smiling as well as leave smiling – and of course handle your tasks." This motto seems to pay off as HimmerLand is on top of the list as most popular places to work in the industry.
HimmerLand has become a popular place to do an apprenticeship. One of this year’s apprentices is Laura that with her only 17 years is younger than the average of apprentices at HimmerLand, which is 25 years. Another apprentice is Martin, who already has another educational background, but has become passionate about the golf sport – so passionate that he has decided to pursue the greenkeeper lifestyle. One of the reasons both Laura and Martin have chosen HimmerLand as their destination is that HimmerLand is the Rolls Royce of golf courts. Besides the two of them, HimmerLand has further three apprentices, which is unique for this industry, as the standard is two apprentices. To be chosen as apprentice here, Johnny Kristensen emphasises: “You must have a passion for exactly HimmerLand. We can always teach you how to cut the grass or rake a bunker, but we cannot teach you to have passion. Therefore, we choose people with their heart in the right place.” Currently, one of HimmerLand’s most experienced employees is Karsten on 76 years, who have worked there for the past 40 years.
In the golf industry, it is rather normal to be released from duty during the winter months as the golf season is limited to 9 months per year, but in HimmerLand they keep their employees all year round. In general, HimmerLand aims to stand out on many areas in a positive way. There is a prejudice saying that all greenkeepers are never happy nor satisfied when you meet them at work, but if you ever try golf at HimmerLand, you will meet smiling greenkeepers. “We want our greenkeepers to be the happiest greenkeepers in Denmark, so our guests will remember them when leaving our resort after a good day at the golf course”, Johnny Kristensen says.