I've been working on a plan for what can be considered to be a "true" restoration, maybe. With member approval in the coming months, we will be able to speak more freely about the plan. There are some deviations from the original design that are required due to equipment changes and other influences. Those changes will include the relocation of bunkers on four holes. The ground allows us to essentially just move the bunkers and not needing to create something new. A couple of the greens are undersized and need to be increased to distribute wear over larger areas. The ground level photos and aerial images for the course are extensive and will be a part of the process once we break ground.
The work we did at the Country Club of Buffalo was a "true" restoration. Removal of work done by others, reinstating of numerous bunkers, green expansions and fairway expansions. The club requested that the master plan be called the "Donald Ross Golf Course Restoration Plan". To date the club has no desire to deviate from that vision. I'll be back there in the next year working on an updated plan but that had more to do with other golf related items and a look to be sure things are all well with the course. There were minor changes needed to the 14th hole because of safety issues and the loss of some significant trees protecting the 5th tees.
As for Bedford, there is a huge misconception on the design and restoration of the course. The only holes that can be considered fully restored are the 2nd, 4th, 7th, 10th, 11th and 14th holes. ALL other holes were altered in one way or another. Nearly all the greens were altered or modified to better suit todays game and course maintenance. Bunkers were added to the majority of the golf holes. The 14th hole was reconstructed completely and relocated 20 yards right of the original. The 17th hole was non-existent at the time of the redesign. No plans to go off of, just a painting and some photos.
Hoping there are more instances for full restorations in the coming years. There are still some great courses worthy of being restored.