I had the pleasure of playing the course with Powell recently and had a wonderful day out. The course was extremely enjoyable and I am sure the renovation will only improve an already great place. Powell, could you please discuss the decision around which iteration of the course to benchmark the restoration to. I believe you mentioned the original Tillie and post Flynn work as two of the options when we played. Thanks.
Jim, good question. The course opened in 1922, and in 1928 Flynn was brought in to do some work. It was originally characterized as a turf project, but grew to include some bunker work. Most of that work was on the front 9, adding bunkers on the right of both 6 and 9. Overall, Flynn supervised the addition of three new tees (6,8,11) ; eight new fairway bunkers and three enlarged fairway bunkers, and raising of the 10th tee.
The decision was made to restore the course in accordance to the Tillinghast plans and design intent, but keeping some of the bunkers added by Flynn. The basis for his decision is that the course is predominantly Tillinghast, with some enhancements delivered by Flynn. Picking a specific architectural theme allows for clarity in research of what to restore and deliver, and clarity for what the finished product will be.