TOPOGRAPHY

IN THE WORLD OF GOLF
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Topography is the study of the physical features of the earth’s surface.

Drones can be used to create contour maps of golf courses. These maps show the height and slope of the land, as well as the direction of water flow. This information can be used to improve the design of golf courses and water drainage systems. For example, if a golf course has a lot of water accumulation, the topography map can help determine where to put in drainage systems to help get the water off the course, which is essential for keeping the greens and fairways playable during wet weather.

Thanks to drones, we can now get this crucial information with pinpoint accuracy, making it easier than ever to keep golf courses in top condition.

 

Photogrammetry

Photogrammetry is the science of making measurements from photographs. By taking pictures of a golf course from above, accurate topographical data can be gathered. This data can then be used to generate maps or 3D models of the course.

It also allows for the generation of highly accurate surface models (3-50 cm). This, combined with supportive GPS (centimetric) data and interpolation techniques, allows for a highly accurate topography of the terrain being obtained. This in turn allows for the calculation of slope values, orientations, flow directions, etc.

 

Slope values. 

A slope value is a number that stands for how steep a particular section of land is. The higher the slope value, the more difficult it is to play golf on that section of land. These images can then be used to create a digital map of the course and show any areas that may be prone to flooding or erosion.

 

Maps

Topographical maps are the best way of creating an exact picture of a golf course. Topography means they consider any slopes and changes in terrain, as well as bunkers, water hazards and fairway contours. These can all be found through topographic maps.

 

Managers

of golf clubs need to know about their grounds in order to decide on how best to use them and which areas require maintenance work.

 

Topographical surveys

can aid these managers by giving them an exact representation of the contours of their course so that they can make informed decisions based on facts rather than guesswork. Golf courses are one such industry where topographical surveying can be incredibly useful. By having a correct understanding of the terrain on which they sit, golf course managers can make better decisions about how to use their land and therefore generate better insight, to see when and where to conduct maintenance work.

 

Marketing

Topographical surveys can also help with marketing efforts by providing potential customers with a realistic impression of what the course looks like and how it plays while supplying correct and reliable data about your golf course.

One of such uses can be the creation of 3D-models, which allow for flythroughs of one section or the whole golf course and visualize the trajectory of golf balls being hit, from starting point till reaching the hole, making a golf course´s marketing efforts more convincing and effective when a potential golf club member is deciding on joining through the golf course´s website.

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