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Posted on September 12th, 2013

The Pléiades 1 Golf Course of the Month – East Lake Golf Club

From the East Coast of the USA we travel to the ‘big apple’ of the South with a stop at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia for this Pléiades 1 Golf Course of the Month. Since 2004, East Lake has been the site of the TOUR Championship which is the final event of the US PGA season and the last of 4 playoff rounds in the ‘Chase for the FedEx Cup.’ The field consists of the top 30 players according to the current FedEx Cup point standings so the stellar field this year is likely to include top players such as Tiger Woods, Phil Michelson, Adam Scott and Jason Day. The TOUR Championship will be played from September 19th to 22nd this year.

East Lake Golf Club was opened in 1904 and is Atlanta’s oldest course. In 1913, the course was redesigned by renowned architect Donald Ross who may be best known for Pinehurst Number 2. East Lake is well known for its ties to legendary amateur golfer, Bobby Jones, who hailed from the Atlanta area. The Par 70, 7,154 yard course features 72 bunkers and 3 water hazards with MiniVerde Bermuda grass greens, Meyer Zoysia fairways and Tifway 419 Bermuda roughs. In recent history, the Par 4, 520 yard Fifth Hole has played the most difficult with the Par 5, 525 yard Fifteenth Hole the easiest.

What truly separates East Lake from all other golf courses is their community outreach program. In 1993, Tom Cousins purchased the course and started a renovation effort that included the entire surrounding neighborhood. All of the club’s profits and donations support the East Lake Foundation which has transformed the neighborhood into a thriving, mixed-income community with a diverse population.

A 50-cm color image of East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia collected on May 26, 2013 by Pléiades 1A. To see this course in 1.5-meter resolution, check out this month’s feature on SPOTMaps. Image photo enhanced by Apollo Mapping. © CNES 2012, Distribution Astrium Services / Spot Image S.A., France, all rights reserved.

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:

  • Astrium is able to deliver on their tasking feasibilities.
  • The data is crisp with excellent color saturation so that it is on par with competitors’ 50-cm satellites.

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

More sample images and technical information about Pléiades 1A and 1B can be found on our website here.

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