For fans of golf, one of the most anticipated tournaments is the Ryder Cup, a biennial competition between teams from Europe and the US. This year, it will be held from September 30 to October 2 at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota. Of course you can catch the tournament on your sports channels, but in case you’d want to walk where your heroes walk, you will now be able to virtually do so through Google Street View.
Turner Sports wanted to change the way fans experienced the Ryder Cup this year, especially those who won’t actually be able to make it to the Minneapolis. And so Google brought them the Street View Trekker which allowed a team to collect hole-by-hole imagery which is then uploaded to Google’s database. Golf fans will now be able to walk through the same greens that the team will be walking through if they go to Google Maps.
There is also another way they can enjoy that view and have a deeper understanding of the tournament. The Hazeltine Explorer is an interactive tour from Turner Sports. You’ll get 360-degree views, custom elevation graphs for each of the holes, integrated video highlights from past and the present tournament, and course-specific historical moments from the Ryder Cup. This app was actually built using Google Maps API.
For those who’ll be able to go to the tournament, you can also use the Ryder Cup app’s Wayfinding feature to look at the detailed view of the entire course, plus routing instructions, on-course amenities and facilities, etc. You can download the Ryder Cup app from the Google Play Store for free.