I feel like there has been some criticism in the last year or two of the sandy-scrape "look," causing some of the new courses to run together in our minds. A first-world problem to be sure, as it requires one to visit streamsong, ohoopee, tara iti, sand valley, ballyneal, southern pines, etc. to get a sense of this...maybe it's just an idea based on all the great phots we get to see if one follows the right social media channels, etc.
Personally, I don't subscribe to this idea. I have not been to all the places above, but aspire to at some point. They all have nuances worth appreciating. The industry went through 4 decades of building overwatered, tree-lined parkland golf, and if most of the new projects attempt to get back to the game's roots with sandy scrapes and the broken-ground aesthetic, then more power to them!
I compare it to links golf...we love all links courses, but from 10,000' they all appear to be rumpled, duney courses next to the sea. Zooming in, they all have a special character that makes we want to get back to links golf ASAP.