Posted on March 4th, 2014

The Pléiades 1 Golf Course of the Month – Bay Hill Club and Lodge

For this stop on the Pléiades 1 Golf Course of the Month, we are back on the USA PGA Tour with a look at Bay Hill Club and Lodge and its annual tournament, the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. Held this year from March 20th to March 23rd, the winner of the Arnold Palmer Invitational takes home $1,116,000 of the $6,200,000 event purse. Originally called the Florida Citrus Open, Arnold Palmer was instrumental in moving the event across town from Orlando’s Florida Rio Pinar Country Club to Bay Hill Club and Lodge in 1979 where it was renamed the Bay Hill Invitational. The tournament started as an open format meaning that any golfer could compete, but in 1984 it became an elite event where only the world’s top golfers could enter. Sam Snead has won the Arnold Palmer Invitational (which became its name in 2007) a record eight times with Tiger Woods right behind him with seven victories.

BayHillClub_P1_50cmcolor_8_13_2013_ENHANCEA 50-cm color image of Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Bay Hill, Florida collected on August 13, 2013 by Pléiades 1B. To see this course in 1.5-meter resolution, check out this month’s feature on SPOTMaps. Image enhanced by Apollo Mapping. © CNES 2012, Distribution Airbus Defense and Space / Spot Image S.A., France, all rights reserved.

Bay Hill Club and Lodge is actually located in Bay Hill, Florida which is a suburb of Orlando. Construction started on Bay Hill in 1960, transforming the fallow, unproductive citrus lands to an 18-hole golf course by late 1961. The first course was design by Dick Wilson and built by Hubbard Construction Company. In 1970, Arnold Palmer took control of Bay Hill and assumed ownership in 1975. During the summer of 2009, the course underwent a significant renovation including redesign of all the greens and improvements to the course’s playability and aesthetics. After testing seven grass species on-site, Emerald Dwarf Bermuda was the top performer and was selected to replace the Tifway (Tifton 419) Bermuda greens. For tournaments, Bay Hill plays 7,381 yards at par 72. The shortest hole is the par 3 7th at 199 yards; and the longest is the par 5 12th at 574 yards.

Tiger won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2013 – who’s going to win it this year? While you ponder this question, sit back and enjoy these 50-cm views of Bay Hill Club and Lodge.

The Pléiades 1 High-Resolution Satellite Constellation

The Pléiades 1 constellation (or at least part of it!) has been in orbit since December 2011 and if you have not had a chance to check out any sample imagery, take a few moments and have a look at the gallery on our website. If you work with high resolution imagery, you should consider Pléiades 1 for your next geospatial project.

A variety of Pléiades 1 products are available from both a growing archive and as a new collection, including 50-centimeter (cm) pansharpened imagery and 50-cm panchromatic – 2-meter (m) 4-band multispectral bundles. We are happy to discuss the technical specifications, pricing and tasking options available with this new satellite constellation as Pléiades 1A has been joined in space by its twin, Pléiades 1B, which is now fully operational.

Working with Pléiades 1 for the past year plus, we have noticed that:

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The Apollo Mapping sales team can answer any questions you might have about the high resolution satellite constellation, Pléiades 1. We can be reached anytime at (303) 993-3863 or sales@apollomapping.com.

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