The number of drones been used on golf courses to create marketing videos and also to maintain the resort is growing.  Creating professional golf course drone videos is an exceptional way to increase memberships and to maintain the golf course to a high standard.  Potential new members get to view a flyover video which show the beauty of the golf course and it’s surrounding countryside.

An interactive golf course aerial video where each hole can be examined for best club selection would assist existing members to play better.  An interactive hole by hole video can also be used to market the golf course. There is an example further down this article of an interactive hole by hole aerial video.

Drones can be used for more than just promotion and marketing of a golf resort.  They can be used to make improvements to the golf course through the use of sensors to monitor irrigation and provide data on the health of grass, flowers, fauna and trees.

This article along with some terrific videos will show you the full range of benefits which drones can provide in the promotion and maintenance of a golf course.  A Golf Club has the option of buying a drone as they are now pretty affordable or hire the services of professional drone experts in the fields of aerial filming, lidar and multispectral imaging.

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Over the coming years, we will see how Golf Course Owners, Green Keepers and Maintenance Teams will view the drone as a very important tool for the marketing and upkeep of their golf course.

Golf Course Drone Videos

Golf Course Marketing Using Drones 

Golf courses are beautiful.  However, it is not always easy to show the overall beauty of a golf course using just ground videos.  With the latest affordable quality drones, a Golf Course Marketing team can now easily capture the immense beauty of the golf course, its clubhouse and the surrounding countryside to really promote and increase memberships.

Drones Produce Quality Film: Practically all of the latest drones come with 4k cameras and have top of the range six axis stabilization technology so it is pretty easy to film top quality aerial video.  To get an idea of the quality from the latest drones, please see the below drone golf course videos.

Drones Are Affordable: Drones are very cost effective when compared to renting a helicopter and film crew which can cost thousands of dollars.  Top quality drone prices range from around USD 500 upwards.

Even the smallest golf course can afford a drone and use one regularly to film across the 4 seasons. Playing golf in the fall is an awesome feeling.  Also, new videos can be produced each year to show how a golf course is maturing.

Interactive Hole By Hole Aerial Video:  A virtual tour can help in promoting a golf course. It can also assist with retention of memberships by assisting existing members to improve their game by understanding the golf course better.

Being able to study each hole using interactive golf videos will help improve a players game. It will allow them to read each hole and make better club selection. This will ultimately bring down their golf handicap.  Which is what every golfer wants.

Using Drones For Golf Course Maintenance

Drones With Sensors For Golf Course MaintenanceThe most scenic of golf courses will have a wide variety of flowers, fauna, shrubs and trees.  The health of these plants and vegetation is very important to the beauty of the course.  Being able to prevent pest infestation and disease is vital to the health of a golf course.

Early morning golf course flyovers will allow maintenance teams to survey and evaluate all aspects of the golf course and get a full picture quickly before the golf course opens for play.  This allows maintenance teams to respond quickly if their are any aspects around the course which require urgent attention.

Here are just some of the benefits from using drone aerial videos by Golf Course Green Keepers and Maintenance Teams:

  • Quick overview from a height of the golf course to see if there is anything major problems
  • Survey for damaged trees, fencing and buildings after strong winds
  • Check fairways and greens especially after heavy rain to see if the course is now playable. Send maintenance personnel directly to where issue are
  • Monitor the golf course to see if there is any unusual activity or illegal playing

Golf Course Photogrammetry Maps

Along with aerial videos, drones such as the latest DJI Phantom 4 Pro can capture photogrammetry imagery of the golf course.  The photogrammetry images are captured using the camera which comes with these drones.  They fly using autonomous waypoints and use specialized software such as Pix4DMapper for creating the 3D Maps of the golf course.

This can be particularly useful if the golf course is having persistent problems with flooding in one area. Photogrammetry maps are also terrific if the golf course is expanding and for major landscape projects.

  • DEM / DTM / DSM (surface models)
  • Orthophoto’s (geospatially corrected aerial images)
  • 3D Building Models
  • Contour Maps
  • Volumetric Surveys

Here is a terrific article which explains everything regarding Photogrammetry and Lidar sensor technology.

Drones In Golf Course Construction

Drones for golf course constructionGolf course design and construction very much depend on the topography of the land area.  Designing a golf course is a massive project and require very large budgets.

As mentioned above, Golf Architects and Project Managers can use drones to assist in the surveying of the land mass to assist with design by creating 3D Photogrammetry imagery and LiDar maps.

When construction starts, the aerial film from the drone will be essential to monitor the progress of the project.  A daily flyover will show the progress of landscaping, the development of water sources,  surveying the build of the clubhouse and parking etc. When the seeding takes place, it will also be very easy to view the golf course and check for patches in the seeding.

Multispectral Data For A Healthy Golf Course

Using a drone with multispectral sensors will also assist greatly in golf course construction and maintenance through providing vital data on irrigation along with the health of grass, flowers, shrubbery and trees.

Golf Course Drone Videos

The following are some terrific videos.  I have an absolutely stunning video of very scenic Killarney Golf Club in the South West of Ireland.  This is followed by a showreel of some of the finest golf courses across the UK including St Andrews.

There is also an example of a clickable interactive hole by hole golf course video below.  Another video is surveying the construction of a new golf course.  Enjoy these drone golf course videos.

Killarney Golf Club Drone Video

More than just a Golf Course, the Killarney Golf & Fishing Club in County Kerry, Ireland is surrounded by some of the most stunningly wild and magnificently rugged countryside.   This spectacular lakeside location is next to the Killarney National Park and is part of the Ring of Kerry.  The Killarney Golf Course has held the Irish Open on 4 different occasions in the past.  Just fantastic. Enjoy.

Top UK Golf Courses – Showreel

This showreel is from a company called Flyover 18.  This professional golf course drone video has clips from St Andrews, Nefyn and Heythrop Park to mention a few.

You can view some more professional golf course drone videos from Flyover 18 on Vimeo.  They specialize in the filming and creation of professional quality golf course videos.

Golf Course Interactive Drone Video

Here is an excellent interactive video of a golf course.  You can easily jump from hole to hole by clicking on the numbers at the top of the video.  Now these buttons only work on a computer. However, you can see the benefit in this type of golf course video for marketing.  It is also a great video to assist members in making better choices with club selection when playing the golf course.

This interactive golf course drone video is from Sky Eye Media and was captured using an Spyder Octocopter. This drone is very strong and is designed to carry large cameras such as the Red Epic or Alexa Mini with ease.

Sky Eye Media also use the top of the range DJI Inspire 1 and the Phantom 3 drones, both of which are great for complex tracking shots with minimal equipment. Both the Inspire 1 and Phantom 3 drones have 4k cameras and have state of the art stabilization technology.  The Phantom 3 is no longer in production. However DJI have released the Phantom 4 Pro which has many intelligent flight modes which make filming really easy.


Drone Over Golf Course Construction 

This videos captures the construction of the Cape Club golf course in East Falmouth, MA.  It is filmed with a DJI Phantom 3 Pro which sure gave great quality aerial film and very easy to fly drone.

Best Drone Videos Of Golf Courses

To finish off, I will leave you with a terrific golf course drone video compilation from 2015.  Magnificent aerial views of some very scenic golf courses.

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