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The golden age of golf architecture, roughly 1910 to World War II, produced some of the greatest golf courses in America, the ones the USGA returns to again and again for national championships: Winged Foot, Oakmont, Shinnecock, Pinehurst.

But many great courses designed by the likes of Donald Ross, A.W. Tillinghast, Seth Raynor and others are in need of some TLC. Odd additions have cropped up. Trees have been growing for decades to the detriment of play and maintenance. And members often can’t see the problems.

“No one ever sees that something is wrong with his golf course,” says Dr. Michael Hurdzan, the architect behind 2017 U.S. Open host Erin Hills and private strongholds Calusa Pines in Naples, Fla., and Hamilton Farm in Gladstone, N.J.

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