Carrick points out that a true restoration returns a golf course to its original design when it was built. Often, a true restoration is impractical, due to the pressure that advances in modern equipment have placed on the game. Courses may opt to do a sympathetic restoration, however, which meets the demands of today’s golfer while still retaining the course’s original design charcter and spirit.
When improvements are made to an older course, the scale, maturity, and charm of the course must be considered so new features look like they belong on the course, says Carrick. He also writes that the replacement and updating of tees, bunkers, and irrigation systems are important issues that most frequently need to be addressed.
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