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Posted on April 1st, 2014

The Pléiades 1 Golf Course of the Month – Harbour Town Golf Links

Heading up the Atlantic coast from our last stop on the Pléiades 1 Golf Course of the Month, our destination in April is Hilton Head, South Carolina and the Sea Pines Resort. Specifically, we focus on one of the Sea Pines’ three courses, the Harbour Town Golf Links, which is the site of the April 17th to 20th Royal Bank Heritage US PGA invitational tournament. As an invitational, the field is kept at 132 players or less with a group of automatic qualifiers and then those selected by the tournament. The RBC Heritage dates back to 1969 with an original purse of just $100,000 whereas it is now a whopping $5.8 million, with a $1.044 million pay out to the winner. Davis Love III has won the event a record 5 times.

The Sea Pines Resort was the first golf course on the now popular tourist destination of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The first links that was opened, Sea Marsh, was constructed from 1962 to 1964 with the Harbour Town course opening a short time later in 1969. Designed by Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus, Harbour Town hosted the first Heritage tournament shortly after it was opened. Harbour Town is consistently rated as one of the top courses in the world and one of the favorite courses played on the US PGA tour. The course is seeded with seven grass varieties that are sturdy, heat-tolerant and quick healers. The fairways are seeded with 419 Bermuda and Rye which is common for southern courses; while the greens are TifEagle Bermuda and Poa Trivialis (a Bluegrass variety). The tee boxes are either TifSports Bermuda, Celebration Bermuda, Rye, Empire Zoysia or a combination there of. The RBC Heritage plays 7,101 yards at Par 71. The 17th hole is the shortest at 185 yards and Par 3; while the 15th is the longest at 588 yards and Par 5.

The event was won in 2013 by Irish golfer Graeme McDowell. The event’s field is yet to be announced but in the meantime, here are some 50-cm color views of the course as seen by Pléiades 1.

A 50-cm color image of Harbour Town Golf Links, South Carolina collected on April 7, 2012 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 Airbus Defense and Space / 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:

  • Airbus Defense and Sapce is able to deliver on their tasking feasibilities.

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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