Posted on October 7th, 2014

The Pléiades 1 Golf Course of the Month – Silverado Resort and Spa

From Colorado, we travel west to the great state of California with a stop at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, site of the US PGA Tour Fall Series event, the Open. The eighth Open will be held from October 6th to the 12th and played on the North Course. The winner of the event walks away with $900,000 from the $6 million purse as well as 500 FedEx Cup points. In addition, the winners of all Fall Series tournaments will be given automatic entry into next year’s PGA Championship, but not to the Master’s. Since its inception, the Open has generated more than $6 million for local charities, including the American Institute of Mathematics, and more than $1 million alone in each of the last two years.

A 50-cm color image of Silverado Resort and Spa collected on June 30, 2014 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.

The two golf courses, North and South, at the Silverado Resort and Spa were designed by Robert Trent Jones  and built in 1966. In 2011, a significant renovation of the North Course was completed by Johnny Miller, which included adding more than 300 yards to the links, new  grasses, tree and bunker removals and fairway realignments. The two courses at Silverado cover more than 360 acres of rolling, lush hills covered with oak, pine and redwood trees that are one hundred years and older as well as multiple water hazards. During its near 50 year existence, the Silverado Resort and Spa has hosted 28 tournaments on the PGA and Champions Tour. Playing 7,226 yards long at par 72 for tournaments, the shortest hole on the North Course is the par 3 11th Hole at 183 yards; and the longest are the par 5 16th and 18th Holes each playing 574 yards.

Given that the Open is a Fall Series tournament, it does not draw the same star studded field that the regular season PGA events do. That said, 144 players enter the open each year, and well, their level of play is just a bit more advanced than my own snowman styles are, haha! Last year’s event was won by Jimmy Walker with a score of 17 under, two strokes ahead of second place finisher, Vijay Singh.

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:

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