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Posted on November 6th, 2013

The Pléiades 1 Golf Course of the Month – Royal Melbourne Golf Club

With the end of the US PGA season, we turn our attention to an event sanctioned by the International Federation of PGA Tours at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Victoria, Australia for this stop on the Pléiades 1 Golf Course of the Month tour. The International Federation is a global forum formed in 1996 by the European, Japanese, American, Australasian and South African PGAs. From November 21st to the 24th, the International Federation will host the 2013 World Cup of Golf at the Royal Melbourne GC. The World Cup of Golf was started in 1953 and was originally called the Canada Cup. Qualification for the tournament is similar to that for the 2016 Olympics with a final field of 60 players from the countries represented in the International Forum. The event features a $7 million purse for individual play and then a $1 million purse for team (i.e. country) play.

The Royal Melbourne Golf Club is the oldest in Australia operated without interruption. It was opened on July 4, 1891 – taking less than two months to design and construct! Since 1891, the course has gone through many renovations and now features both an East and a West course. When Royal Melbourne was chosen to host its first World Cup (then the Canada Cup), a composite course was created to avoid crossing busy roads, featuring twelve holes from the West and six from the East. The composite course is regularly rated as a global Top 10, playing 6,996 yards long at par 72.

Matt Kuchar and Adam Scott have already been confirmed for the field that will feature players from more than 30 countries. Hopefully these Pléiades 1 images will get you excited for the late fall PGA event!

A 50-cm color image of Royal Melbourne Golf Club collected on February 11, 2013 by Pléiades 1A. Given the shape of Royal Melbourne, it was not possible to capture the entirety of both courses here. 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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