So, here's my litany of GCA sins regarding one of my favorite places on earth.
I hated the new bunkers built on the top of the 4th hole , right side. Still do. Not a construction issue as they seamlessly sit there, if you didn't know you would think them original. I missed the quirk of the short side angle that was removed for many players.
Didn't like the redo of the 12th hole...thought that they could have just taken all the trees left of the fairway and exposed all those great bunkers, then let the bombers make some mental errors
Wasn't sold on the back tee on #4 (love # 6/18 new tees) on what I think may be the best hole on the course. Realized that I would have liked it at 25 years old when I could hit further, so my bad there
Arguably the GOAT of superintendents, Dick Bator, built an eyebrow that protected the DA (#10) from washouts when big storms rolled thru South Jersey ...it saved the bunker but we lost the fear of spinning it back off the green or putting into it
Love the tree culling and creation of the skyline left green on number nine...it's awesome...that left green on this hole is one of the best anywhere ...so much to think about on the second shot ...now it's absolutely breathtaking too!
As to Mark's question I would reply
the re-introduction of the old fairway on #17 would or could create the confusion that Pine Valley often exerts , and the resultant loss of swing that follows, as one ponders how to play that tee shot . Today you just rip it down the left side