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Posted on January 6th, 2015

The Pléiades 1 Golf Course of the Month – PGA WEST, Arnold Palmer Course

From our home state of Colorado, we head west for this stop on the Pléiades 1 Golf Course of the Month at the Arnold Palmer Course of PGA WEST in La Quinta, California, the site of the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation from January 22nd to the 25th. The event has been played since 1960 and was originally known as the Palm Springs Desert Classic but more famously as the Bob Hope Classic. The Humana Challenge is an official US PGA Tour event with a $5.7 million purse and a pay-out of $1.026 million and 500 FedExCup points to the winner. But this tour event is definitely best known for its mixed celebrity and professional charity competition that has drawn the likes of Bill Clinton, Bing Crosby, Dwight Eisenhower and Kirk Douglas. In the charity competition, 156 celebrity amateurs play alongside the 156 professionals in rotating pairs for the first two rounds of the tournament. Since 1960, the Humana Challenge has raised more than $52.5 million for local nonprofits, including the Eisenhower Medical Center.

A 50-cm color image of PGA WEST’s Arnold Palmer Course collected on September 21, 2014 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.

PGA WEST is a large golf club consisting of six world renowned courses including Arnold Palmer (site of the Humana Challenge) and TPC Stadium. Designed by Pete Dye and opened for play in early 1986, in its brief 29 year history, the six courses have won a plethora of domestic and international golf awards. Located in sight of the Santa Rosa Mountains, the Arnold Palmer course has a traditional play with rolling Bermuda grass fairways and multiple water hazards. The course plays 6,930 yards from tournament tees at a 72 par. The longest hole is the relatively flat par 5 6th at 562 yards; and the shortest is the downhill par 3 17th at 130 yards.

The golf legend Arnold Palmer is the tournament’s most decorated winner, capturing the event 5 times in 1960, 1962, 1968, 1971 and 1973. Last year’s winner was American golfer Patrick Reed with a two-stroke lead over runner up, Ryan Palmer. While the field was not set for the event at the time this article was written, the Humana Challenge is sure to be an early season PGA Tour pleaser!

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 satellite constellation.

Working with Pléiades 1 since the launch of the first twin satellite, P1A, we have noticed that:

  • Airbus Defense and Space 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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