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Edmonton Country Club using StrackaLine hole location software


June 11, 2019
By Mike Jiggens

June 11, 2019 – StrackaLine, one of golf’s leading technology companies, has scanned Edmonton Country Club and will provide Alberta’s oldest private course with its best-in-the-game Greens Guides and Hole Location (HoLo) software.

A Stanley Thompson design, Edmonton’s layout has proven timeless, hence its status as one of Alberta’s finest clubs.

“We’ve scanned nearly 1,000 courses in North America and are delighted to welcome Edmonton Country Club to the StrackaLine team,” company president Jim Stracka said. “It’s very rewarding to see historic layouts like Edmonton Country Club embrace StrackaLine’s technology, and we look forward to helping improve the member experience.”

StrackaLine dispatched its 3-D laser scanner to Edmonton and scanned each of the course’s greens, collecting millions of data points the company will use to create greens maps that are accurate down to the millimetre.

StrackaLine’s HoLo software allows superintendents to set pin positions based on information gleaned from the scans. With a detailed reading of each green, superintendents are able to set upwards of 200 pin locations on each putting surface, based on slope and edge clearance.

Once pin locations are identified, they can be managed based on green speeds, course conditions and location needs. The ability to set pin positions based on data helps improve pace of play by ensuring hole locations are set fairly.

Superintendents also have the ability to log hole locations in a calendar, allowing courses to minimize wear on greens.

While StrackaLine’s Hole Location software has surged in popularity since its launch last fall, the company is most known for its industry leading greens guides, which are used on every major American professional tour.

StrackaLine worked in conjunction with the USGA to ensure its greens guides were in compliance with the governing body’s new interpretation of Rule 4.3, allowing the company to continue providing its best-in-the-game greens maps to professionals and amateurs.
 
The quality and accuracy of StrackaLine’s greens guides have led to widespread adoption on the PGA, LPGA, Symetra and Web.com tours, in addition to their use by more than 300 Division I college teams.
 
StrackaLine scans courses for $1,500 and that includes 100 greens guides for resale. The scanning process takes five hours to complete and is unobtrusive to the golfer experience.
 
StrackaLine now has more than 900 courses scanned, including some of the most prominent layouts. Use of the greens guides at all levels of the game has surged, and the company now counts nearly every Division I golf program among its users.
 
The greens maps, which feature easy-to-ead arrows, allow players to view contour and fall lines, in addition to slope percentage, anywhere on the green.
 
For more information on how to order a greens guide or have a course scanned, visit www.StrackaLine.com.