Golf Course Architecture - Issue 61, July 2020

39 Golf architect Agustín Pizá worked alongside Agostino Gaude of Tee-2-Green on turf selection for the ‘golf lounge’ practice area he created in the grounds of a private client’s home in Mexico City. Pizá said: “When designing for a client that has travelled to all the top golf courses, there are three challenges you have to tackle: the design has to be outstanding and unique; the quality of construction has to be paramount; and the playing surface has to perform and reflect all that effort. “The first two we completely dominated with a world class team but the third really took me out of my comfort zone, since we’re used to designing for warm season grasses. “After asking our agronomic consultants John Clarkin and Jon Scott and cross referencing with our irrigation designer Paul Granger, we agreed that Pure Distinction would be the grassing choice for ‘The Pit’, our award-winning golf lounge concept.” Gaude added: “Pure Distinction has become the ultimate putting surface for tour events and public courses alike around the world. “Pizá’s unique design shows off some of our favourite attributes of Pure Distinction creeping bentgrass. The bright green colour shows off the beautiful rolling contours of Pizá’s design. The super smooth putting surface will lend itself to hours of fun with low and high handicap players receiving that tour-feel they desire. “Then you can turn on the landscape lights and fire pit for that ultimate one-­ of-a-kind putting and chipping contest.” Pure Distinction delivers ‘tour feel’ for private practice area TEE BOX Photo: Agustín Pizá Image: Agustín Pizá A sketch from Pizá showing the creative thinking behind designing the ‘golf lounge’