New perspectives on golf grass health

Satellite imaging is an advanced sophisticated tool that can give a precise reading of the many natural features such as clouds and ice and also problematic phenomena such as pollution. One of the beneficial aspects of satellite measurement is in the development of the NDVI metric which measures the health of vegetation, whether natural or managed.

Source: NASA

There are an estimated 1,200 satellites circulating round the globe which means that there are NDVI reading available nearly every week. The only thing that gets in the way are clouds!

Have a look here for the science of NDVI that is revolutionising precision farming across the globe. Farmers are using this technology because it has the potential to spot problems before they can, not only because it provides remote measurements but because it sees what the human eye cannot. What applications are there for this technology in the golf sector?

To give an insight into this question and to start a discussion please have a look at the Satellite NDVI results for 2018 and 2019 focussing on golf grass – it might give a new perspective on what you see growing around you.

At the end of March 2020 we will also have a first look at the vitality status of golf grass in Q1 2020.

Also there is an explanation of the use of NDVI measurement in precision fertiliser applications.

Please have a look though the website and let me know what you think about the use of NDVI measurement in the golf sector. You can make comments on most pages.

If you have any burning questions about the data shown here or about the applications of this technology just contact me using the details below.

Mike Heisig 07775 666916


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