I am not sure if you all know me, but I am a geek in a lot of things/ways. I am actually a GIS tech and geospatially "educated."
I have in the past provided maps to the RCF for things such as the St. Louis Open and course maps. (although, non of them are being used today due to the site issues last year).
Recently, I acquired a Laser Range Finder (as well as a borrowed one).
A GPS unit might also be used. (my own).
What I propose, is that I schedule a time with the course captian(s) (and Club officers, if they want to join us) to walk through ALL St. Louis courses (over a period of time of course) to accurately measure each hole, IE every pin position, from the tee pad(s), and to/between key features, such as OB lines, tree lines, tunnel shots etc.
I have high hopes of making better maps of these courses for our site, as well as our program used for tourneys (such as the St. Louis Open).
But at the VERY least, we can get accurate measurements on our current courses many configurations in a database. We can then use this database to print scorecards for each course.
(I know several of the complaints I heard from the Open were inaccurate distances printed up and different pin positions).
I bought the Range Finder myself, and am willing to donate my time and effort for this purpose, but it would require the local Course captains to:
A) Meet me at their course
B) Walk through their course with me to show different pin/tee locations etc etc
C) Help me to an extent by standing on the tee pad while I shoot "back" at them to measure, or stand at the basket locations, middle of the fairway for doglegs etc etc.
The time required to do this for each course is yet to be determined, but I suspect it would take about twice as long as actually playing each course.
I know we are all volunteers and time is important, so if the captains can't meet me, I can go on my own and "hope" I measure all the pad/basket locations. (I do NOT know all the local courses, nor even been to a few of them.)
I hope that by doing this, we can somewhat standardize the way we measure distances on the courses.
BTW, I may be able to use the range finder to calculate elevation differences between the tee pads and the baskets.
Perhaps this winter I can also use my GPS and accurate aerial photos to get the general locations of the tee pads and the predominate "Green" areas (pin locations) as well as major features such as shelters, hazards, OBs etc etc in order to better facilitate the map making process. I know the GPS isn't as good, but with the range finder numbers as well as my local knowledge of the few courses I do know, we can make decent maps. Again, this is an eventual and hopeful end product as my time is limited.
(I know, just like everyone's).
Can I get thoughts on this? Would the captains be available and willing to help out? Should I not bother with this? (At least for the public use, I am a geek and will likely do a lot on my own regardless of outside influence or help.)
Are there (would there) be concerns with me doing any of this? Please provide input/ideas/suggestions before I get out there and start this endeavor.