Building a golf course generally takes a couple of years. Building a desert golf course made entirely of moving Cat® machines? That took just three days. Watch it come together—and hear from the professionals who created and played the course—in this behind-the-scenes look at “Driving Range.”
The latest in the Built For It™ Trials, a series of Caterpillar short films, “Driving Range” follows twin sisters Erimo and Marimo Ikeuchi—members of the Ladies Professional Golfers’ Association of Japan (LPGA). The sisters take their best shots at a golf course made up of a 772G, 775G and 793F Off-Highway Truck, 982M Wheel Loader, and CT660 On-Highway Truck.
This behind-the-scenes video highlights the construction of the course at the Caterpillar Tinaja Hills Demonstration & Learning Center near Tucson, Arizona.
“It took us three days to build the course,” says Bill Olson, Senior Demonstrator Instructor at Tinaja Hills. “I would say we probably used every piece of machinery at Tinaja to build this course.”
It also showcases the skill of the operators, who not only created the course out of dirt and equipment—but who also safely and nimbly maneuvered the machines around one another while the Ikeuchi sisters took their shots.
“While the equipment you see in the video is from our large mining equipment line, it really shows and demonstrates that while that 793F can have a full capacity load of 250 tons, it can still maneuver safely and quickly around all the other pieces of equipment,” says Archie Lyons, Creative Director at Caterpillar.
In addition, the video reveals Erimo and Marimo’s reactions to playing this one-of-a-kind course and highlights Caterpillar’s connection to golf in Japan. The company annually sponsors the Japan LPGA’s Cat Ladies Golf Tournament—an event where Cat customers have the opportunity to play and interact with professional golfers.
Watch “The Making of Driving Range” to see how Cat equipment, skilled operators and professional golfers teamed up to take extreme golf to an entirely new level.