I’m currently working out a few hiccups with something new, but this is the start of something I plan on dong more of. Aerials provide a great overview of a golf course from above. What they don’t do is show any elevation changes that occur within the golf course. This new imaging method is still in early testing for me, but so far the feedback has been positive.
Charles Alison designed the Knollwood Club located near Lake Forest, Illinois. The golf course has gone through a variety of renovations and restorations over time. Two areas that are on the opposite ends of the spectrum are the 16th green and 17th hole. The 16th green has seen a few changes, but the 17th hole, the redan, has stayed true to its original design.
If you’re interested in more examples of redan holes, Andy at the fried egg provides photos and analysis here: Redan Holes.
For reference, the 16th Green is on the top left of the image and the 17th Hole is near the center of the image.
Below are a few image comparison aerials showing the progression of the two holes. While these images do not tell the complete story, they show some of the changes that one hole has gone through.
For reference, the 2010 aerial is the color image in the second slider comparison. The aerials used are from Lake County, IL, the USGS and the Illinois Geological Survey.
The next three images show the grading of the 17th green. The contours and grading used to direct the ball towards the left part of the green. The first two images use 1-foot contours to depict the slope of the green. The third image uses 1/2 foot contours to show extra detail.
Below is the new stuff I’ve been working on. The first image is the current 16th green and the second image is the 17th Hole as it stands today. The 3D viewers are interactive so please click on the image, and look at the shape of both green complexes.
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16th Green –
17th Hole –
As always, thanks for stopping by and feel free to ask any questions.