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Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Himmerland Hill  (Getty Images)
Himmerland Hill (Getty Images)

The European Tour is lucky to be home to some of the most wonderful sights in golf: the Road Hole, the Postage Stamp, the closing stretch at Le Golf National, the last at Wentworth and pretty much everywhere you look at Crans-sur-Sierre.

But there is nowhere on the European Tour, or anywhere in the golfing world, quite like Himmerland Hill.

Ever since the Made in Denmark made its debut at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort in 2014, the 16th hole and its natural amphitheatre has produced some incredible memories thanks to brilliant golf and crowds of 3,000 fans packed onto the bank.

The par three may only measure 128 yards - and has played at less than 100 in the past - but it packs a punch and here, ahead of the 2019 Made in Denmark presented by FREJA, we look at our favourite moments so far from Himmerland Hill.

Hartø to Hartø

Home favourite Andreas Hartø produced maybe the most memorable off all the Himmerland Hill moments in 2015 when he made a birdie on day two and then walked up to the green and proposed to his girlfriend Louise. "Last year we had some great memories on that hole," he said. "It was a great experience and she was here watching me more or less for the first time. The crowd was going crazy and we loved it - we had some great times here." And luckily for everyone - mainly Andreas - Louise said yes!

Danish milestones

I takes a lot for you to have your "best day on a golf course" with 499 European Tour appearances and four wins behind you but that is what happened to Søren Kjeldsen on day one in 2015. As he walked up to the green, all the fans rose signs with 500 on them and two years later they honoured a favourite son again, but this time slightly differently. For Thomas Bjørn's 500th appearance, Himmerland Hill greeted him wearing masks with his face on and serenaded him with 'You'll Never Walk Alone' in honour of his beloved Liverpool FC. They sure know how to mark an occasion.

Going blue for the Skipper

In 2016, the Made in Denmark was the final event before Captain Darren Clarke made his picks for The Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National a month later and the crowd at the 16th saw him off in style. The Hill was turned into a wall of blue with European gold stars and Clarke was even inspired to take a video with his phone.

Always time for a selfie

Clarke may have taken a video but some players want to be in their memento, and who could blame them with a backdrop of 3,000 fans. Himmerland Hill is the selfie capital of the European Tour.

Chase the ace

The 16th is by no means an easy proposition. The short length is not what the professionals are used to week in, week out, and the two tier green can cause some serious problems. But if the flag is in the right spot and you catch that wedge just so, the ace is on. We've had a few and some celebrations to match.

And of course, those incredible fans

We may have world class players and a beautiful setting but it goes without saying that Himmerland Hill would be nothing without those raucous Danish fans. There may be around 3,000 of them packed onto the bank but it feels more like 30,000 when the holes-in-one are flying in and the local favourites are coming through. And let's not forget the wave - invented in Mexico, perfected in Denmark. Thank you Himmerland heroes - the European Tour salutes you.

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