When doing restoration work on a classic golf course we feel it is vital that we know what was there when the original architects finished their building work. Some argue that golf is a game that continiously changes and so should golf courses. We agree that courses should evolve to stay relevant, but feel even more strongly that since the original golf designs were done by great architects that the key elements of their designs, such as greens, bunker shapes and the strategies of the holes should be vigilantly protected. As such we are very conservative in changing classics and where possible try to reinstate what was there in the beginning.
Many of the classic golf courses we do restoration work on have been built in the late 19th and early 20th century, and as such it often is difficult to determine what of the current golf course is still original and what has been changed and when. Old routing maps, master plans and pictures, both aerial and on the ground, often are the best sources of information to discover what has changed over the years. We spend a lot of time finding and analysing these old pictures and documents before any restoration plan is formulated.