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Congressional Country Club

Name: Congressional Country Club
Location: Bethesda, MD, USA
Par: 72
Length: 7,250 yards (6,630 m)
Holes: 18

Congressional Country Club

Welcome to Congressional Country Club and the 111th U.S. Open Championship.

In 1921, Congressmen Oscar E. Bland and O.R. Lubring of Indiana set out to provide an informal common ground where politicians and businessmen could meet as peers, unconstrained by red tape. They took their idea to Herbert Hoover, then Secretary of Commerce, who agreed to serve as honorary founding president of a soon-to-be-built Congressional Country Club.

Construction of the club took 2˝ years from concept to completion, and it opened in 1924 with Presidents William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge as founding life members. Its international recognition, intended for the world of politics, has been achieved instead in the world of golf.

Congressional's Blue Course, which is hosting its third U.S. Open, was laid out by Devereux Emmet and revised six years later by Donald Ross. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Robert Trent Jones Sr. redesigned the course for the hosting of the 1959 U.S. Women's Amateur and the 1964 U.S. Open.

Jones' son, Rees, completed the last major renovation of the Blue Course in the early 1990s before it hosted the 1995 U.S. Senior Open and the 1997 U.S. Open. For the 2011 U.S. Open, Congressional will play at 7,574 yards to a par of 71. In 2006, Rees Jones revamped the par-3 finishing hole into a demanding 218-yard hole that now plays as No. 10, allowing for a dramatic U.S. Open conclusion on the 523-yard, par-4 18th.

Congressional Country Club will be home to the 2011 US Open Golf Championship.

Hole by Hole
Hole Par Yards Avg. score
1st 4 402 3.899
2nd 3 232 3.209
3rd 4 455 4.044
4th 4 427 4.07
5th 4 407 3.918
6th 4 518 4.247
7th 3 174 2.951
8th 4 354 3.755
9th 5 602 4.863
10th 3 218 3.144
11th 4 489 4.307
12th 4 415 4.008
13th 3 187 2.959
14th 4 454 4.149
15th 4 439 3.954
16th 5 579 4.704
17th 4 437 3.985
18th 4 466 4.09

This club features two 18-hole courses. Both courses feature tree-lined fairways that afford generous landing areas. The terrain is rolling, and water hazards come into play.

The Blue Course has hosted the U.S. Open twice, in 1964 when Ken Venturi won and in 1997 when Ernie Els won. It has been redesigned several times over years, most recently by Rees Jones in 1989. The course has recently hosted Tiger Woods's AT&T National on the PGA Tour.

The back nine on the Gold Course was designed by George and Tom Fazio in 1977. The entire Gold Course was redesigned in 2000 by Arthur Hills. Among his changes to the Gold Course were the reconstruction of all tees and bunkers, re-sloping and replanting of the fairways, new cart paths and an irrigation system.

Congressional Country Club
Member Reviews:

Review 1: Came here on Friday to see my good friends Tiger and Anthony in action in the AT&T National. I had eaten a decent lunch here a couple of years ago and I have two friends who are members - but neither of them have invited me to play here. Bastards.

This place is drop dead gorgeous. If you saw the PGA Golf on TV you can see how beautiful it is, but when you are out walking the course it's really even more captivating. The fairways are as lovely, rolling and curvaceous as the first woman you went to bed with. The greens range from the small and bijou to the large and layered.

We got close to Anthony Kim when he hit his drive onto the woods on 18. You can se why people love him. He is bold and brash and he was high fiving a two year old as he got ready to make his shot. Tiger ain't high fiving the kids mid-round - at least not until he has an unassailable lead on the final day.

The services - food- beer - bathrooms- were all great. People on Bradley are renting out parking spots on their manicured lawns at $30 - $50 a pop which is something I will do next year -the Honey dropped us off at the Beltway and we walked in from there - which was decent enough.

The latest in my long line of traffic tips is not to go in on River but take Clara Barton all the way to Persimmon - absolutely no traffic on that road at all.

Golf Club Review: 5/5

Review 2: My company's holiday party was held here last week. I can't even begin to imagine how much one has to spend to be a member here.

Anyway - it was beautiful. We were set up in the main ballroom. The whole place was really nicely decorated and there was a HUGE Christmas tree in the middle of the room. It was great. So we started off the evening with cocktails and hor'deurves - all were very tasty. Dinner was also really good - dessert was even better! A chocolate flower cup, filled with a mixture of berries and white chocolate ice cream and finished around the plate with a raspberry coulis. Mm.

The coat check crew were very friendly. My guest and I opted to take a cab home and the reception desk was very helpful in calling one for us. Since it was pretty cold out, we waited inside. Once our cab arrived, the Valet guys came to find us so we could be on our way.

5 star service all night. Beautiful beautiful beautiful.

I'm not a golfer ... but from what I heard (from various co-workers who golf here) - the golfing is pretty good here as well as their pro-shop.

Golf Club Review: 5/5

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