Jul 30, 2012

Golf and Country Club Zürich with GOLFGIS Pin position module

Golf and Country Club Zürich hosted the Omnium Championship from 27.07 until 29.07.2012 using the golfgis.com pin position module to deliver day to day pin position maps for the players.

Feedback from the tournament organization was great.  Lahcen Jabrane (Head Greenkeeper) said "Working with Michael was a great pleasure and having the ability to update the pin positions live on my iPhone on the course saved us a huge amount of time."  The secretary could access Lahcen's updates live on his computer and print out the formated PDF files immediately after the new positions were placed on the course.

Timing is of great importance because the holes are re-located early in the morning depending on the weather and the team needed to be able to change and print the new pin position maps on the fly.

Using the pin position module for mobile and web provided by golfgis.com is a great way for the administration, secretary, tournament referee, team captain and greens keeping team to communicate in real time tournament changes to the players.

Jul 9, 2012

Pin Position Management

GOLFGIS  module  Pin Position Management

Using GIS for the last 15 years or so has lead me into many diverse uses of GIS.  Now recently our GOLFGIS product has taken on the task of managing pin positions.

I thought hey this can't be so difficult, just load a DEM (digital elevation model) map the contours and volla you have a surface model, flow model of how the ball would roll and immediate display of where you can place the pin.  But as the GIS veteran that I am I knew this would be harder.

Lets start with where do I get a DEM or map of the green?  it needs to be like millimeter accurate to be of any use to a golfer.  
  1. Laser scan data?  When available super, when not too costly to produce for a normal course budget
  2. Map it yourself.
We use option 2.  Map it yourself. Using my mapping skills by hand technique learned at University I was quickly up and running mapping, slope, break lines and contours.

Now we need to follow the golf rules for pin position placement.
    1. >= 4 paces from the green edge  (translation into GIS  80cm inner buffer)
    2. >=  4 paces from green edge if bunker is close to green (translation GIS distance from green polygon to bunker is less than xxxx apply rule
    3. 2 to 3 foot area around pin position must not be on a hill and should be relatively flat (GIS: find slope < xxx, within buffer of 2 to 3 feet)
So now we have some golf terms and GIS terms to create our Pin Position Module.

Why should a greenskeeper, super intendant, manager want to use such a tool?

  1. eliminate pin placement errors
  2. increase diversity of play, new course feel every day
  3. reduce maintenance costs by better management
  4. utilize more area for pin placement
  5. edit/print daily pin placements

It pays for itself  (ROI)

  • You: 4-6 hours thinking planning about where to place the pin
  • Cup cutter:  spends 15 - 20% extra time figuring the best position
  • Reduce
    • mateiral costs
    • green wear
    • time
Result = 3-5 Month  ROI

How can you start?  

  1. Contact us per email, phone (+43(0)676 520 3600)
  2. We map your greens (1-2 weeks)
  3. Login into golfgis.com (1-2 seconds)
    1. view greens
    2. manage pin positions
    3. print/edit daily pin placements

 Well there it is GIS has yet another super use to save the environment by reducing waste, increasing productivity, saving material costs and providing great services to its players.