Golf Course Architecture - Issue 71, January 2023

ON S I TE The Addington in south-east London is in the middle of a five-year transformation process. The most dramatic changes have already taken place, as Adam Lawrence reports Unveiling the past THE ADD I NGTON, LONDON, ENGL AND Historical restoration of old golf courses is not a trend that has taken off in the UK. There have been attempts to put courses back to something more akin to what they looked like 50 or 100 years ago, but none of them have really, truly taken the bull by the horns. Most such projects, when you look closely, involve a fair degree of change: whenever you hear phrases like, ‘What the original architect would have done today’ or anything similar, you know that the ‘restoration’ architect cannot resist putting his own stamp on the course. Why this should be is not immediately obvious. Historical restoration has, over the last twenty years or so, become extremely popular in America, to the extent that there 60