NJDEP Statewide Golf Course Shapefile

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NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), Division of Science, Research and Technology
Publication_Date: 20011109
Title: NJDEP Statewide Golf Course Shapefile
Edition: 2003 update
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data
Publication_Place: Trenton, NJ
Publisher: NJDEP-DSRT
The shapefile represents the fairway, green and tee areas of all the golf courses in New Jersey. It was created by selecting all recreation polygons from the 1995/97 NJDEP land use/land cover (LU/LC) file. All recreation polygons were then compared to the 1995 digital aerial photographs to confirm the presence or absence of a golf course. Golf course parcels were retained for the golf file. Following this the Golf Digest Places to Play Travel Planner (DeLorme, 2000) software digest was compared to the golf courses parcels identified and names were added to each course. Over 5 individual sources were examined to compile a complete listing of courses in New Jersey (public, private, regulation, executive size, etc.) . The draft file was sent to Curtis Brown (Pesticide Regulation, NJDEP) for comparison against the pesticide permit files. Several additions or corrections were made based on these NJDEP records, confirmed with telephone calls to the course in question. Finally, all parcels were dissolved based on the course name. There are 256 courses identified and 553 polygons (Many courses show as discontinuous polygons because fairways/green/tee zones are separated by tracts of wetland, forest or other land covers. The purpose of the file is to determine course acreage to assist estimating the amount of pesticide, fertilizer, and herbicide used on an annual basis. Therefore substantial (1 acre or more) tracts of forest or wetlands are not included in a course's polygons, although these areas may be owned by the Golf Course.
The data set will provide information for the Source Water Assessment Program (SWAP) to estimate the acreage and location of golf courses throughout the state. From this information an estimated amount of fertilizer, herbicide, and pesticide application can be calculated. Because of this tracts of wetlands, forest, or other landcovers larger than the minimum mapping unit (1 acre) are not included in the golf course polygon description, though these areas may be owned by the course in question. Therefore, most courses contain more than one discontiguous set of polygons. (256 courses with 553 polygons).

This data set is intended to serve as a resource for analysis rather than regulatory delineations. The NJDEP may change the line work based on more in depth analysis and field inspection for regulatory purposes.

This shapefile is a direct derivative of the NJDEP 1995/97 landuse/landcover files and the NJDEP digital orthophotography. See the metadata for these files for a detailed discussion of original mapping methodology. Users of this data are strongly urged to review the metadata for the 1995/97 and 1986 landuse/landcover shapefiles, the digital orthophotography, as well as others documents mentioned before using the data set.
Beginning_Date: 19950101
Beginning_Time: unknown
Ending_Date: 20001109
Ending_Time: unknown
Currentness_Reference: ground condition
Progress: Complete
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: Unknown
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -75.58731
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -73.89036
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 41.35595
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 38.92482
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: none
Theme_Keyword: golf
Theme_Keyword: source water assessment
Theme_Keyword: recreation
Theme_Keyword: land use/land cover
Theme_Keyword: water quality
Theme_Keyword: environmental effects
Theme_Keyword: fertilizers
Theme_Keyword: pesticide
Theme_Keyword: herbicide
Theme_Keyword: environment
Theme_Keyword: location
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Place_Keyword: New Jersey
Temporal_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Temporal_Keyword: 1995
Temporal_Keyword: 1997
Temporal_Keyword: 1998
Temporal_Keyword: 1999
Temporal_Keyword: 2000
Access_Constraints: none
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)

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The data provided herein are distributed subject to the following conditions and restrictions.


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2. The data are provided, as is, without warranty of any kind and the user is responsible for understanding the accuracy limitations of all digital data layers provided herein, as documented in the accompanying cross-reference files (see SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION). Any reproduction or manipulation of the above data must ensure that the coordinate reference system remains intact.

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Browse_Graphic_File_Description: Graphic representation of NJ Statewide Golf Courses
Browse_Graphic_File_Type: GIF
Native_Data_Set_Environment: ESRI shapefile; ArcView 3.2a

Linework has the same accuracy as the landuse/landcover parent files. The list of known courses was compiled and cross referenced from multiple sources (Golf Digest 2000, NJDEP Pesticide Program Files, LU/LC class codes, multiple web sites, The Department of Community Affairs listings, etc.). All courses were photoidentified or reached by telephone for recent courses. The file is as comprehensive as possible.
Logical_Consistency_Report: none
As far as available known reliable sources were used to compile the file and it is complete as of November 2001. Compared to more sources than described as a number were rejected due to multiple obvious errors (www.play18.com, NJ Golf Association list, etc.). This file is more accurate than individually referenced sources. Because the purpose is to estimate fertilizer, herbicide and pesticide use ONLY fairways, greens, and teeboxes were identified. Tracts of wetlands, forest, or other landcovers larger than 1 acre (minimum mapping unit) are not included in the golf course polygons even though these may be imbedded within the course in question. As a result, most courses contain more than one discontinuous set of polygons, many with ""donut holes"". (256 courses with 553 polygons).
Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy_Report: NMAS at 1:12000
Vertical_Positional_Accuracy_Report: NA
Originator: United States Geological Survey; NJDEP
Publication_Date: 1991
Title: Digital Ortho Quarterquads
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: remote-sensing image
Digital images were created from 1:40000 scale NAPP CIR images by USGS, referenced in UTM, NAD83. These images were then projected to New Jersey State Plane Feet Coordinates (NJSPF), NAD83, and compressed to JPEG images files. These NJSPF compressed files were used in the development of the this data set. The original images in UTM are available from the USGS website. The NJSPF versions are available from the NJDEP site. Both sites have online and CD distribution of these images.
Online_Linkage: <http://njgeodata.state.nj.us>
Source_Scale_Denominator: 12000
Type_of_Source_Media: online; CDROM
Calendar_Date: 1995
Time_of_Day: unknown
Source_Currentness_Reference: ground condition
Source_Citation_Abbreviation: USGS; NJDEP
Land use/land cover for 1995/97 was digitized directly from 1995/97 digital image files. Photographic transparencies of the CIR images used to create the digital files were also viewed stereoscopically to aid in land use/land cover determinations.
All polygons derived directly from the 1995/97 land use/land cover data set. Initially all recreational polygons were reselected from the 1995/97 landuse/landcover file. These were all compared to 1995 digital orthophotography to identify the presence or absence of a golf course. All landuse/landcover polygons over photoidentifiable golf courses were retained, regardless of their landuse/landcover designation (there was a small percentage of omissions and miscodings in the LU/LC file). These were then compared to the Golf Digest Places to Play Travel Planner by DeLorma (2000) for completeness. A significant number of additional courses were added which were not coded as recreational cover in the original LU/LC file. All were cross checked against the photography, or called if web sites indicated they were recent built. The DeLorma travel planner was the source for the course names. Courses were cross checked against the web site www.placestoplay site, and phoned to resolve name or location issues. This listing was compared to the NJDEP pesticide program list of golf courses until discrepancies were resolved. There are a few sites which clearly show as golf courses on the photos but are not part of any listings and may be very recent. It should be noted that the purpose of the file is to estimate annual application and loads of fertilizer, herbicide, and pesticide for the source water assessment program. Thus significant tracts (greater than 1 acre) of forest or wetlands imbedded in the courses were not retained in the file, even though they may be part of the area owned by the golf course. This is because these areas would not receive applications of fertilizers, etc. Thus the file mainly depicts the fairway/tee/greens areas. One implication of this is that most courses are composed of several non-contiguous polygons.

Once all polygons were identified and selected, they were dissolved based on course name. Several other lists (from NJ Department of Community Affairs, from the golf association of NJ, from the Travel and Tourism bureau (NJ Commerce Economic Growth Commission)), etc. were also examined. None of these sources were as comprehensive or as up-to-date as the DeLorma and Pesticide Program listing and were discarded. All landuse/landcover attributes were removed as a number of these were incorrect, due to original miscoding or the recent age of the course.

Process_Date: 20011109
The following updates have been made to the data:

1. Corrected Names -Gaffney Green Tree Course -Hamilton Trails -Galloway National -Marriot's Seaview

2) Removed golf course polygon -Greentree (wildlife management area)

3) Added golf course polygon - Victoria Par 3 - McCoullough's Emerald Green

4) Not Added - Not on imagery -Hidden Creek -Balamoir -Archie Struther's

Process_Date: 20030703
Cloud_Cover: 0

Direct_Spatial_Reference_Method: Vector
SDTS_Point_and_Vector_Object_Type: G-polygon
Point_and_Vector_Object_Count: 259

Grid_Coordinate_System_Name: State Plane Coordinate System 1983
SPCS_Zone_Identifier: 2900
Scale_Factor_at_Central_Meridian: 0.999900
Longitude_of_Central_Meridian: -74.500000
Latitude_of_Projection_Origin: 38.833333
False_Easting: 492125.000000
False_Northing: 0.000000
Planar_Coordinate_Encoding_Method: coordinate pair
Abscissa_Resolution: 0.002048
Ordinate_Resolution: 0.002048
Planar_Distance_Units: survey feet
Horizontal_Datum_Name: North American Datum of 1983
Ellipsoid_Name: GRS 80
Semi-major_Axis: 6378137.000000
Denominator_of_Flattening_Ratio: 298.257222101

Entity_Type_Label: njgolf
Fairway, green, and tee polygons for all golf courses in New Jersey.
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Science and Research
Attribute_Label: FID
Attribute_Definition: Internal feature number.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI
Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute_Label: Shape
Attribute_Definition: Feature geometry.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI
Unrepresentable_Domain: Coordinates defining the features.
Attribute_Label: NAME
Attribute_Definition: Name of the golf course.
Attribute_Definition_Source: NJDEP
Codeset_Name: Golf Course name
Codeset_Source: Delorma Places to Play listings, 2000
Attribute_Label: COUNT
A count field added to assist users when creating summary tables to determine the number of polygons associated with each course within the shapefile.
Attribute_Definition_Source: NJDEP
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 1
A count field added to assist users when creating summary tables to determine the number of polygons associated with each course within the shapefile.
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: NJDEP
Attribute_Label: AREA
Attribute_Definition: Area value
Attribute_Definition_Source: NJDEP
Unrepresentable_Domain: unique
Attribute_Label: PERIMETER
Attribute_Definition: Perimeter value
Attribute_Definition_Source: NJDEP
Unrepresentable_Domain: unique

Contact_Organization: NJDEP/OIRM/BGIS
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 401 East State Street
Address: PO Box 428
City: Trenton
State_or_Province: NJ
Postal_Code: 08625
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: (609) 777-0672
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: (609) 292-7900
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: gisnet@dep.state.nj.us
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Distribution_Liability: See Use Constraints
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Format_Version_Number: 3.x
File_Decompression_Technique: WinZip
Transfer_Size: 1.367
Offline_Media: none
Recording_Format: none
Network_Resource_Name: <http://www.state.nj.us/dep/gis/stateshp.html>
Online_Computer_and_Operating_System: none
Fees: none

Metadata_Date: 20011109
Contact_Person: Gail P. Carter
Contact_Organization: NJDEP, DSRT
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 401 East State Street
Address: DSRT
City: Trenton
State_or_Province: NJ
Postal_Code: 08625-0409
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 609-984-9654
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 609-292-7340
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: Gail.Carter@dep.state.nj.us
Metadata_Standard_Name: FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata_Time_Convention: local time
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Profile_Name: ESRI Metadata Profile

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