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Posted on August 6th, 2013

The Pléiades 1 Golf Course of the Month – Liberty National

From the site of the 2013 British Open, we travel across the pond to Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey for this Pléiades 1 Golf Course of the Month. Liberty National is the site of the 47th edition of The Barclays US PGA tournament. The official start of the US PGA Playoffs, The Barclays features the top 125 players according to the Fed Ex standings. At the time this article was drafted, the top 5 in the standings were Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar, Brandy Snedeker, Phil Mickelson and Billy Horschel. The tournament’s roots date back to 1967 when it was called the Westchester Classic and was played each year at Westchester Country Club. In 2008, a rotating schedule of local New York metropolitan courses started.

Construction on Liberty National was started February 2007 and the course was completed November 2008. At the time it was built, it was the most expensive private course ever built at $250 million. The cost of membership reflects this as it runs $500,000 plus annual dues to be a member of the course! Designed by former US Open Champion, Tom Kite, and renowned designer, Bob Cupp, 15 of its 18 holes feature unobstructed views of the Big Apple. The Par 71, 7,400 yard course uses L93 bent grass on the tees and fairways (a seed variety most courses use for greens), and then A4 grass on the greens (a variety used for greens at the world’s finest golf destinations). Hole lengths range from 150 yards on the Par 3 Fourteenth hole to the 611 yard Par 5 Eighth hole.

The stunning views of New York City and the quality of this course make The Barclays’ a not-to miss tournament on the 2013 US PGA Tour.

The Pléiades 1 High-Resolution Satellite Constellation

A 50-cm color image of Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, Jersey collected on November 22, 2012 by Pléiades 1A. To see this course in 1.5-meter resolution, please refer to this month’s feature on the SPOT Constellation. Image photo enhanced by Apollo Mapping. © CNES 2012, Distribution Astrium Services / Spot Image S.A., France, all rights reserved.

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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