Drone launched on golf course

One of the drone cameras used to record the holes at St Annes Old Links
One of the drone cameras used to record the holes at St Annes Old Links
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The traditional quiet of the fairways was broken for a short time at a St Annes golf course – while a high-tech drone buzzed around the course.

The equipment, usually used to film extreme sports stars, was brought to St Annes Old Links to give everyone a bird’s eye view of the course.

And it has also helped ground staff get a different view of the bunkers, fairways and greens they tend.

The drone idea came up by chance when club pro Daniel Webster, and course manager Stuart Hogg were discussing marketing the course to a wider audience.

Club member Peter Barrett suggested using the drone designed by his son Ali to give a different perspective of the course on the club’s website.

Ali had been developing the drone to film friends kitesurfing and wakeboarding.

The idea of filming the 18 holes from above was welcomed by Stuart who would also benefit by being given a holistic overview of the entire course.

The results have now been put on the club’s website, giving viewers a swooping view of each individual hole.

Delighted club captain John Gallacher said: “I am extremely impressed by the end results. Utilising this innovative technology enables us to showcase our wonderful course, providing an enhanced service offering to our visitors and guests.

Equally as important it provides valuable information to our course manager in terms of course maintenance and development.”

Work is ongoing to refine the videoing techniques and Ali and Peter have now set up a new business www.heliphoto.biz to further promote the use of lightweight, high- tech drones for aerial filming of golf courses and other sporting events and venues.