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Posted on February 3rd, 2015

The Pléiades 1 Golf Course of the Month – Torrey Pines

This month we stay in the land of ‘eternal’ summer with a short travel over central California’s valleys and mountains to the February Pléiades 1 Golf Course of the Month, Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California. Since 1968, Torrey Pines has hosted the PGA tournament currently referred to as the Farmers Insurance Open. Originally called the San Diego Open when it started in 1952, the tournament rotated through several local courses before settling on Torrey Pines as its ‘permanent’ home for the last 45+ years. The Farmers Insurance Open plays its first two rounds on both the North and South Courses, and then the final two rounds on the South Course exclusively. Part of the West Coast Swing, the winner of this early season tournament receives $1.134 million of the $6.3 million purse and 500 FedExCup points.

A 50-cm color image of Torrey Pines’ South Course collected on June 22, 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.

Torrey Pines is regarded as one of the premier public golf courses in the nation. Located along the coastline of the Pacific Ocean in one of southern California’s most iconic cities, La Jolla, both the South and North courses were designed in 1957 by William Bell, Sr. A $3.5 million renovation was completed in 2001 by Rees Jones to make Torrey Pines play longer and more difficult for the then upcoming 2008 US Open Championship. Taking its name from the endemic pine species, it is not uncommon to see coyotes, foxes, great blue herons and hawks while playing the renowned courses. The Torrey Pines South Course features 419 hybrid Bermuda Grass tees, Kikuyu fairways and Poa Annua greens. For championships, the course plays 7,569 yards at a 72 par with 80 sand bunkers and one water hazard. The shortest hole is the 176 yard, par 3 8th hole; and the longest is the next hole playing an impressive 613 yards at par 5.

Tiger Woods is the most decorate champion in the history of the Farmers Insurance Open, winning the event an impressive seven times. Last year’s event was won by American golfer, Scott Stallings, with just a single stroke lead over four players tied at eight under. While the field for this event has yet to be set, the picturesque Pacific Coast setting makes for some stunning Pléiades 1 imagery.

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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