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To do a restoration, you need all the available documents you can get your hands on. Nothing beats photographs from around the opening date of the course. They provide us with a fairly clear vision of what the architecture looked like. They should always be your first source for any work.


Some architects, liked Donald Ross, left detailed working drawings. These are very helpful for recapturing lost greens and lost features. Depending on them as the sole or final decision is dangerous since every architect made field adaptations and field fits to make their ideas work. You need to work to what was built, not to what was drawn.


Very early aerial photos are available for almost every course in an urban center. The aerials are very helpful for layout but limited in feature re-creation since you can’t get details on heights or shapes. Everything is a two dimensional overhead form, which is great for tree lines, tee location, bunker location, fairway contours, green shapes, chipping area, etc. They are excellent in locating and finding lost holes or missing features which are now hidden in the trees.


Writings and sketches can also insight into the strategic or artistic intent, but only a few architects left written records of their work.


A great restoration comes from pulling all the resources together to develop an accurate picture of what was actually there. Then you are ready to start the restoration process.





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