Topographical survey in Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas using drone imagery and GPS

Topographical survey in Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas using drone imagery and GPS

Last December we went to the Real Club de Golf Las Palmas to carry out a topographic survey of the course. This work has been carried out by combining photogrammetry from drone imagery and golf course surveying with GPS equipment.

These two parallel data collection routes allow us to speed up the process of identifying and plotting the different playing areas of the golf course. All the elements that require greater precision or are not visible in the aerial photography, are taken with GPS or total station by a field technician. With this method, the entire process is completed in a shorter period of time and with lower costs than a traditional survey. The client obtained a complete set of plans, the aerial photography, the measurement by holes of all the playing surfaces and elements (greens, tees, fairways, rough, bunkers, paths, lakes, irrigation system, drains, etc.), as well as the contouring of the golf course. The results of the work is delivered both in paper and .pdf format, as well as in .dwg to be able to measure and work with it, and to incorporate future modifications if necessary.

The course of the Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas, a par 71 of 5.636 meters, was built in the 50’s by the Scottish golf course architect Mackenzie Ross. It consists of a matured eighteen holes course in which few fairways and playing areas are overlapped. This contributes to the necessity of having detailed golf course plans, in order to work out and plan greenkeeping works and to have a benchmark plan for future improvement works.

This topographical survey is the foundation work that will add quality and precision to future renovation works that we are willing to undertake“, commented Javier Suárez, general manager of Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas.

Fernando Suárez, agronomist of Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas, added during the visit “The topographical survey is vital to develop an efficient agronomy management plan, that includes all greenkeeping operations and their cost“.