Pizá intends to restore the prohibition era golf course to its original William P. Bell design
SAN DIEGO, CA. – June 8, 2022 – Pizá Golf, internationally recognized as a world-class architecture and golf course design firm, is proud to announce that company founder Agustin (Augie) Pizá conducted a golf course analysis and designed a restoration masterplan for the Club Tijuana Campestre or in English referred to as the Tijuana Country Club.
The Tijuana Country Club is in Tijuana, Mexico, 15-minutes from downtown San Diego, CA and has a rich and treasured history. The golf course was designed in 1927 by William P. Bell, founding member of the ASGCA, during the golden age of golf course design and was originally part of the Agua Caliente Club. A resort that provided a luxury lifestyle during the prohibition era. Celebrities, politicians, and wealthy businesspeople would travel south across the border to enjoy libations and the world-class amenities, which included a racetrack, casino, and health spa.
The celebrated golf course was host to the Agua Caliente Open in 1930, a PGA TOUR event. The inaugural golf tournament offered the largest purse at the time and was won by Gene Sarazen. After the prohibition era, the renowned golf course was closed for an extended period but reopened and remains active today. The Agua Caliente tournament was re-branded and enjoyed a second incarnation briefly in the 1950s, named the Tijuana Open.
“Augie was commissioned and presented a restoration masterplan. We are waiting and hopeful the membership gives us the green light to begin on the execution. It would be amazing not only for our club, but for the city and to be honest, for all Mexican golf. To have a golf course so rich in history and complete with a modern-day restoration will reestablish our club and its pedigree,” said Oscar Foglio, Member of the Tijuana Country Club.
“For me, this extraordinary restoration is like finding buried treasure. Beneath the existing golf course lies a golf course that should be, historically speaking, synonymous with Cypress Point, and Pasatiempo. The Tijuana Country Club is a gem, a hidden masterpiece that played a key role in the golden age of golf course architecture,” said Pizá. “Our goal was to interpret Bell’s masterful design concept with the hope of restoring the golf course back to its glory years.”
Film maker, producer and storyteller Erik Anders Lang features the Tijuana Country Club in his Adventures in Golf series in the sixth season. He explores the restoration of the Tijuana Country Club.
About Pizá Golf Founder – Arch. Agustin Pizá, MSc:
Award-winning architect Agustin Pizá has earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from ITESM and a Master’s Degree in Golf Course Architecture from the Edinburgh University in Scotland. He is a proud member of both the European Institute of Golf Course Architects (EIGCA) and the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA).
Pizá, recognized with many international accolades, has garnered a reputation for “Re-defining Golf Facilities” with his unique design concepts – Wellness Golf®, Multi-purpose Golf, and the Butterfly Effect. He was recognized by Forbes Magazine twice as one of the top one hundred inventive minds from Mexico and Golf Inc. Magazine included him in their Power 2020 issue as an “Up-and-Coming Superstar” and in 2022 as one of the TOP nine innovators in the golf industry. Sport Illustrated included Pizá in their top four golf course architects to watch. He is the Director of the First Tee in Mexico.
For 24 years, Pizá has worked on world class golf developments. His designs are known for delivering quality, aesthetic, and strategic golf courses. He and his design team have worked and have been involved in more than seventy projects on three continents.
Most recently, Pizá joined forces with PGA TOUR Champion, and Golf Channel Analyst – Brandel Chamblee. The newly formed partnership will expand the Pizá Golf Branded Collection and their signature Pizá Chamblee golf designs are available on select projects. The duo is working on projects in both the United States and in Mexico.
Pizá Golf has design studios in San Diego, CA. and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
For more information on Pizá Golf, please visit the company website: www.pizagolf.com.
Vanessa Marie Price
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