• July 9, 2016

It’s not just the players who are producing stunning shots during the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links this week.


Staff have been using new technology to get a bird’s eye view of the course – and some remarkable images of the venue that is playing host to the event for the fourth time in six years.


Management has invested in two drones, a Phantom 3 and a Blacksheep 450, with built-in hi-tec cameras to provide some spectacular photographs and video footage of the course.


However, they also provide invaluable knowledge of the set up and overall condition of the course.


Increasingly these flying machines are being used on golf courses as an important management tool. They can be used to monitor a more extensive area of the site quicker and more comprehensively from the air. They can also help with agronomy and to identify dry patches or areas of the course that are under stress.


Stuart McColm, Castle Stuart Golf Links general manager, said: “The airborne cameras give us the ability to obtain some fantastic shots of the course and our wonderful setting. But they also provide us with a way of looking at the course in a different way which can help in its overall management.”

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