Hole #15 at Erin Hills
Hole #7 at Erin Hills as a mid-summer lightning storm rolls in
In Fall of 2015, Advexure began testing different aerial drone work at Erin Hills, primarily using the DJI Inspire 1 drone among others. At the crest of summer, Erin Hills bolsters the beauty of Wisconsin when it's at its best; its plush golden fescue and piercing sunsets create stunning silhouettes of its rolling fairways. Our Fall of 2015 shoot at Erin Hills was a primer in anticipation of a larger video series to be produced when the course is in it's absolute prime.
Golf Course Drone VideosWhen Erin Hills approached the Advexure aerial production team in partnership with Paul Hundley, we had one goal in mind: to create a unique aerial video flyover experience unlike anything ever seen before. Simply said, Erin Hills is a special course and we wanted these videos to reflect that. We aimed to outline the challenges and difficulty of the course while simultaneously capturing the spectacle and wonder of its beauty. After watching these flyovers, we wanted viewers to be left with excitement for the coming U.S. Open, and the burning desire to tackle the course for themselves.
Hole #8 at Erin Hills with the Lodge and Clubhouse in the distance
Our production at Erin Hills lasted the months of July and August during the summer of 2016. Prior to the shoot, we analyzed the direction that each hole on the course ran. Depending each of the individual features of each hole would be lit at any given time of day, we carefully selected which holes would be shot at sunrise and which holes would be shot at sunset. Due to changing sun angles as the summer progressed, our scheduled and prime light for each hole changed significantly. Although, the start to our shoot at Erin Hills got off to a bit of a rocky start. We encountered many application failures with the different flight planning systems we were using. The summer months of Wisconsin average around 75 degrees and humidity above 65%. This hot and humid weather made for very short flight times.Our team had to be productive and impliment efficient flight patterns with each and every battery we sent up. All flights were carried out within FAA regulation by the Section 333 and Part 107 Certified Advexure production team. The lead pilot in command for this shoot was Travis Waibel while Paul Hundley was the cinematic director. Hundley has been shooting Erin Hills since it was built in 2006 and knows every touch of beauty on the course. Extensive flight planning hours were invested into the quality of these flyovers and Paul's visual expertise combined with Waibel's hundreds of hours piloting drones made for the perfect combination.
Hole #14 Green & Hole #15 Tees just after sunrise
Erin Hills Aerial Drone FlyoversAll 18 holes of Erin Hills can be viewed in the YouTube playlist below and are featured on the Erin Hills website in additional to many other professional golf news outlets.
While Advexure specializes in the sales and service of camera drones and film equipment, our team also works on select shoots throughout the year specializing in aerial production. For aerial production inquiries, scheduling, and rates, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A full aerial shot of Erin Hills Golf Course