Congressional Country Club (Blue)

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  • 59
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Congressional Country Club (Blue)

Architect: Robert Trent Jones
Year: 1962

8500 River Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20817
(301) 469-2032

Course Access: Private

driving range available
motorized golf carts and caddies available

U.S. Open - 1964, 1997, 2011

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The Itinerant Golfer

Congressional Country Club (Blue)

After several false starts and weather cancellations I finally made it to Congressional Country Club to play the Blue Course. My boss lives in Bethesda so I asked him if he knew any Congressional members. He put his wife on the task and about 2 hours later I received an email from a member who graciously offered to host me. We ended up emailing for nearly 8 months before we were able to work out a day that fit both of our schedules and wasn't raining or oppressively hot. Congressional Country Club was founded in 1924 and has been the site of numerous championship events. The club's storied past of tournament drama started in 1949 with the first of two USGA Amateur events to be held at the club. Since then Congressional has gone on to host a total of five USGA events including two U.S. Open Championships - 1964 when Ken Venturi, enroute to a victory, nearly died from heat exhaustion during the final round and 1997 when Ernie Els took the trophy home. The USGA has elected to return to Congressional County Club for a 6th time in 2011 for a third U.S. Open. In addition to the USGA events Congressional's Blue Course was a regular PGA Tour stop in the 1980s for the Kemper Open and currently Tiger Woods is hosting his tournament, the AT&T National, at Congressional's Blue Course. Anecdotally, it was Venturi's brush with the Grim Reaper at Congressional that convinced the USGA to stop… More >