Congressional CC (Blue)

Originally Published: November 3, 2004
Golf Digest

Congressional CC
Ken Venturi survived 36 holes and 100-degree heat to win the U.S. Open here in 1964.


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Congressional Country Club (Blue)
8500 River Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20817
301-469-2020

Course Architect Rees Jones redesigned the Blue Course here in 1990. He eliminated numerous blind shots, added at least a dozen bunkers and completely redesigned the greens. The result was a 7,219-yard par-72 course with a 138 slope rating.

A favorite of congressman and senators, Congressional also is steeped in U.S. Open lore. Because of the 100-degree heat, Ken Venturi barely made it through the first round of the 36-hole finale of the 1964 U.S. Open. Despite severe dehydration, Venturi recovered well enough for a closing 70 that won the Open.

No. 17 is 447-yard par 4 that slopes downhill to a peninsula green. Tom Lehman dashed his hopes in the final round of the 1997 U.S. Open when he pulled his approach into the water here.

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