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Posted on July 9th, 2013

The Pléiades 1 Golf Course of the Month – Muirfield

Appropriately, from Muirfield Village in Ohio we travel over the pond for the next Pléiades 1 golf course of the month to the site of the 2013 Open Championship, Muirfield. One of the oldest courses in the world and the site of the first written golf rules, Muirfield has hosted the Open 15 times, most recently in 2002 when Ernie Els won the championship in a dramatic four person playoff. The history of the course dates back to 1744 when it was located in Musselburgh, Scotland. In 1891, the course was moved to its current site in Gullane, East Lothian and just a year later, it hosted its first Open which was won by amateur golfer Harold Hilton by three strokes over professional Sandy Herd.

A 50-cm color image of Muirfield in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland collected on April 24, 2013 by Pléiades 1B. Image photo enhanced by Apollo Mapping. Download a full resolution version here© CNES 2012, Distribution Astrium Services / Spot Image S.A., France, all rights reserved.

The current layout of the course was largely established in 1923 by renowned designer Harry Colt. In 1935, the 13th hole was remodeled by Tom Simpson; and then in 2010 and 2011, a review of the course by Martin Hawtree suggested changes to fifteen holes to assure the course remained suitable for world-class competition. These changes included the addition and relocation of bunkers and the extension of greens. The July 2013 Open will be the first time the course has been played since the changes were completed. Muirfield now plays as a 71-par, 7,245 yards long course which is 211 yards longer than when it hosted its last Open in 2002.

About a month before the 2013 Open is scheduled to begin, the odds-makers have Tiger Woods as the favorite followed by Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Adam Scott and Luke Donald. It should be a spirited battle for the trophy to say the least. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy these Pléiades 1 images of Muirfield.

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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