Congressional Country Club - Blue Course

First holeFirst Hole

  368 metres, par 4


Driver is not required on this relatively short, slight dogleg-left hole, but any shot right spells danger with bunkers waiting. The large, flat green is well guarded by sand but an early birdie is a strong reality.



 

Icon for Borrowing PowerSecond Hole

213 metres, par 3


A nightmare of a second hole! A 213 metre tee shot is the first problem. The second is landing it on a small green surrounded by sand. Putting is no gimme either - the dancefloor bisected by a long, sloping ridge. Par is seen as a respectable score.




Icon for Stamp DutyThird Hole

426 metres, par 4


Bunkers come into play from the first shot, but a good drive leaves just a mid-iron into an elevated green. However, miss the green long and trouble is not too far away - a back to front green making any recovery shot difficult. 

 
 
Fourth holeFourth Hole

  430 metres, par 4


Players take on a quick dogleg right off the drive before pulling out an iron for a shot at the green. But beware - a back-to-front slope and a bunker guarding the front equates to one monster of a green  which can - and will - bite hard. Many will happily take par.
 
 
Fifth holeFifth Hole

378 metres, par 4


Players who shape the ball right to left will be licking their lips heading into this hole. Most will try to hit safely to the corner of the dogleg left, skinny fairway before making a run at the left to right green. After a tough three holes, this is birdie territory. 
 
 
Sixth holeSixth Hole

507 metres, par 5


Can I reach the green in two shots without hazard? It's a question most players will ask themselves at the tee box of this short par five. The second shot is the problem - hit too short and it's a watery grave, hit too long and say goodbye birdie. Fortune favours the brave.
 
 




Seventh holeSeventh Hole

158 metres, par 3


Danger lurks all around this seemingly make-able par three. Distance isn't the problem - it's the precision. Gaping bunkers wait to swallow wayward shots, recovery out of the rough is problematic and the two-tiered green will hurt anyone placing their shot above the hole.
 
 

Eighth holeEighth Hole

324 metres, par 4

One of the more birdie-accessible holes on the course. Driver isn't required but players will want to hit a tee shot just close enough to launch a lofted assault on the left-to-right, sloping green. Players will be kicking themselves if they miss the green with their second shot.

     






Ninth holeNinth Hole

528 metres, par 5


What a way to finish the front nine! The longest hole on the course, a deep ravine and a dual-ridged green will more than test the players. Two shots to the green is possible but three is the wiser course of action. But misplace the green-bound shot and putting becomes trickier than finding an exit in a maze.

Tenth holeTenth Hole

199 metres, par 3


Land ho! There is nothing more to this hole than a green and small inland sea. Players hit from a high tee but anything less than a precise shot will destroy a birdie chance. Bailout long and bunkers, along with a tough putting surface may lead to bogey territory. Fall short and walk the plank.



Eleventh holeEleventh Hole


452 metres, par 4

Water will play havoc on this tough par four. Best chance for a birdie is a tee shot down the right-hand side of the fairway - but mind the adjacent stream. The green is one of the flattest on the course, but is also very narrow. Anything left of the green will require a deft touch - but mind the pond on the right.
 
 

Twelfth holeTwelfth Hole

431 metres, par 4

First thing players will have to watch out for is the bunker guarding the outside corner of this dogleg-left. A downhill iron shot leads into a green guarded by another two front bunkers. A good chance for birdie. 

 
 




Thirteenth holeThirteenth Hole

176 metres, par 3


Nothing worse than hitting long on short par three - but miss over the back on this hole and nothing short of a miracle will salvage a decent score. Split into three different areas and sloping back-to-front, putting on this green will be an adventure to say the least.
 
 
Fourteenth holeFourteenth Hole

  427 metres, par 4


Expect plenty of players hitting from the rough with their second shot as the fairway gradually narrows off the tee. However, finding the fairway is the least of their problems. The uneven green is a tough nut to crack and only a perfect iron shot will beat the bogey blues. 
 
 

Fifteenth holeFifteenth Hole

448 metres, par 4

This slight dogleg left is not built for players who hit left-to-right. Sand on the right-hand side of the fairway will snatch any wayward tee shot, as will the bunkers waiting on the right-hand side of the green. The putting surface slopes left-to-right, back-to-front and only precision hitting will make life easy. Par will turn frowns into smiles.

 
 

Sixteenth holeSixteenth Hole

529 metres, par 5


Can someone see an eagle in the distance? Or is it a bogey mirage? Two shots to the green is possible, but players will best temper desire with caution. Bunkers guard the fairway and the elevated green will make a mockery of any loose hole-bound shots. A definite risk/reward hole. 


Seventeenth HoleSeventeenth Hole

  400 metres, par 4


Precision is paramount on this hole. Many players will avoid taking on the small hill to setup the perfect platform to attack the green. However, the wrong approach spells disaster - no putt is safe on this roller-coaster ride of a green. Anything outside the wrong quadrant and it's a guessing game.



Eighteenth holeEighteenth Hole

478 metres, par 4

One of the best final holes in world golf. Players will try to find the right side of the fairway to take advantage of the right-to-left downhill slope. The green is a tricky beast and will easily claim its fair share of bogeys. Water at the back may cause a little distraction amongst the field.

 
 
 
 

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