In the March/April 2009 issue of The BoardRoom magazine, Edward Beidel, ASGCA discusses golf course restorations. Often confused with remodeling and reconstruction, restoration is the process of returning a golf course to its original design, which was lost as a result of renovation or remodeling during an interim period.

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.

To read Beidel’s entire article, click here. For more information on the remodeling/reconstruction/restoration process, visit Course Remodeling.