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Posted on November 4th, 2014

The Pléiades 1 Golf Course of the Month – Sheshan International Golf Course

From the nation of our friendly neighbors to the north, Canada, our next stop on the Pléiades 1 Golf Course of the Month takes us halfway around the world to Sheshan International Golf Course in Shanghai, China. From October 31st to November 3rd, Sheshan GC will host the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions tournament. Started in 2005, this tournament became part of the World Golf Championships (WGC) in 2009 and then part of the official USA PGA Tour in 2013. The field is comprised of a variety of tournament winners, such as those of the four major PGA championships, and other top rated golfers. The winner of the WGS-HSBC Champions receives a $1.4 million payout from the most lucrative purse in the Fall 2014 schedule at $8.5 million as well as 500 FedEx Cup points. Since the inception of the WGC, the four tournaments that make up the championship series have contributed more than $38 million to local charities.

A 50-cm color image of Sheshan International Golf Course collected on March 20, 2013 by Pléiades 1B. 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.

Opened in 2004, Sheshan International Golf Course was designed by Nelson & Haworth Golf Design who have built more than 70 courses worldwide. Requiring more than 1.6 million cubic meters of additional soil, Sheshan is one of the most hilly and forested courses in the Shanghai area. The 18-hole course plays through forests of pines, deciduous and 1,000 year-old Ginkgo trees that will eventually be so thick that players will not be able to see other from neighboring holes. Many of the holes play around and over water features such as canals, lakes and even a 50-meter deep quarry. Sheshan has been consistently recognized as one of the world’s premier golf courses. The 7,266 yard links features creeping bent greens and a rye grass-paspalum mix elsewhere. The longest hole on the course is the par 5, 603 yard 8th; and then the shortest is the par 3, 200 yard 6th.

The 2013 WGC-HSBC Champions tournament was won by US player, Dustin Johnson, by three strokes over runner-up English golfer, Ian Poulter. Given that the WGC tournaments are comprised of a field of previous event winners and top rated golfers, the event is always a star studded one. So far, more than 45 top golfers have qualified for the event, such as Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott. While you ponder who the winner of the 2014 WGS-HSBC Champions will be, sit back and enjoy these 50-cm Pléiades 1 images of Sheshan International Golf Course.

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.

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