„I have always had a passion for golf“
Thomas Himmel’s first-ever golf course was in his parents‘ garden in Caracas, Venezuela. Little Thomas set himself goals, and he would literally pitch himself from one goal to the next. His passion for golf was evident at a young age: Following his A-levels in Venezuela it quickly became clear to the top amateur player that he wanted to become a golf course designer. He graduated from the Technical University in Munich as a civil engineer and subsequently studied golf course design at the renowned British Institute of Golf Course Architects in England, where he was also a Council member for several years.
At that time, Thomas C. Himmel was one of Germany’s best golfers with a handicap of +2. He was a member of the German National Team for six years (1990-1995) and won the German Amateur Championship in 1991, 1992 and 1993, as well as the Bavarian Amateur Championship throughout the period from 1989 to 1994, and again in 1996, the Bavarian Mid-Amateur Championship in 2009, 2010 & 2011 and the Bavarian Senior Championship in 2017 & 2018. He also took part in several World Championships and European Championships.
As a member of the "Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews" he served on the club’s “Sustainability Committee” from 2013-2018. In his capacity as Environmental Protection Officer of the Bavarian Golf Association (1991-1997) he was already involved in ecology and sustainability issues at an early stage.
Since 1992 the office of Thomas C. Himmel Golf Course Design has been building golf courses independently and has also collaborated with "GDI Golf Design International" on several projects. GDI is in charge of well over 60 golf course projects worldwide.
Himmel’s design is interesstting, thoughtful, immensely challenging.
Golf World, UK
Hier in Unterrain isstt ein wahres Paradies entssttanden, von großem Wert für den Tourismus in der gesamten Region.
Philipp Waldthaler, Tourismus Präsident Eppan
Many factors are involved in the perfect design of golf courses.