According to Beidel, very few “true” restorations are implemented today because modern technology and golfer expectations have altered the game. Restoring a course to its original state could fail to challenge and interest a proportion of today’s golfers. Players may also be unwilling to give up the lush, green look achieved by today’s modern irrigation systems and maintenance practices. In addition, a complete restoration would require removal of mature trees to return the course to its original playing strategy, as mature trees may now function as screens rather than as originally-intended frames.
If a course’s members are willing to potentially tear up a sprinkler system, remove trees and let turf grow, they may regain a 1920s classic. If such sacrifices are not possible, Bidel says that a balance between preserving history and acknowledging technological advances can be found, while still making a challenging, interesting, enjoyable and aesthetic course.
According to Beidel, it may be best if the latest boom in golf course restoration instead be dubbed golf course rejuvenation instead: restoration of components to their original configurations and sizes but alteration of their placement to accommodate current technology.