Established in 1897, Belleair Country Club is Florida’s first golf course. Henry Bradley Plant, founder of the Plant system of railroads and steamboats, selected the site in Belleair, Florida for a winter golf resort. The resort was upgraded in the early 1990s by renowned golf course architect Donald Ross to include two courses. Through the decades, those course layouts have remained essentially unchanged.
McKim & Creed applied 21st century UAS technology to help protect the beauty and integrity of this 19th century country club during its recent reconstruction project. The technology is Loki, a global navigation satellite post processed kinematic (PPK) direct geopositioning system for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). Using the Loki system on our Inspire 2 UAV, McKim & Creed collected data for 260 acres—with an independently tested vertical RMSE of less than a tenth of a foot—in just one day. The data is being used for design, permitting and construction of two golf courses and associated amenities.
Loki enables McKim & Creed to collect survey-grade information from a prosumer drone, thereby increasing data accuracy and reliability.