Golf course restoration is perhaps the most sophisticated of all undertakings in golf architecture, for it requires the research acumen of a historian, the diplomacy of a President, the vision of a prophet, the wisdom of a sage, and the experience of a master architect.
Mere replication of an original set of drawings has its place, but the mark of a superior restoration is an almost omniscient understanding of the designer’s intent – and this is where Hurdzan Golf excels. Our personal access to the most complete collections of golf antiquities in the world, including our own, has provided us years of behind-the-scenes correspondence with bona fide golf historians and noted restoration architects alike. The sole purpose is to travel inside the minds of the master architects of golf’s golden age, from Tillinghast to Mackenzie, Ross to Colt, Flynn to Park Jr. and MacDonald to Raynor.
Just as an actor must get “in character,” so must we. And while that character is different each and every time, our goal remains the same: To provide the most authentic tribute to the original design intent as possible, through a special blend of discrete technology, meticulous study, face-to-face interaction, and a few tricks we’d rather not share at this time.
In a fast-paced age where results are expected instantly, the golf course renovation is anything but, and it is a welcome throwback to a time gone by, that at least to us, tastes as sweet as a glass of lemonade in the shade of a hot summer’s day.
Our most recent restoration effort is slated to begin this Spring on the Gray Course of the 36-hole, Alister MacKenzie-designed Ohio State University Golf Club, whose sister course, Scarlet, has been host to numerous significant events, including the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship and a Web.com Tour event. Our approach is to delicately reinvigorate as much of the original MacKenzie flavor as practical that have been dulled or lost through general maintenance practices. (Greens get smaller, bunkers bigger, trees overgrown, etc.) The goal is to make the golf course more fun to play, easier to maintain, more visually stunning, present a diversity of shot values and do it in all in a concerted manner that would meet with Dr. MacKenzie’s approval.