U.S. Open

An Insider's Look At Congressional CC

June 2011

Mike Davis has been setting up U.S. Open courses since 2006 and kindly shares his thoughts on this year's venue, Congressional CC. The Washington, D.C.-area course is a Devereux Emmet original since overhauled by Robert Trent Jones and later, Rees Jones. Known for taking advantage of design features to give players a variety of setup twists, Davis will have his work cut out on a penal-style design. Still, without revealing too many of the tricks up his sleeve, Davis gives us an exclusive preview of this year's Open.

Congressional hole no. 1

No. 1 402 Yards, Par 4

The Hole: "A slight dogleg par-4 and for most of the guys it will be less than a driver. For the second shot they're going to be hitting very short approaches, probably 9-irons to sand wedges into one of Congressional's biggest, flattest greens."

Setup Tweak: "The fairway cut has been pushed right up against the fairway bunkers which were surrounded by rough before."

Takeaway: "A big time birdie hole but they will need it because hold on, the next three holes are very difficult."

Courtesy of John Mummert/USGA

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