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Congressional Country Club: Blue

Bethesda, MD, United States Private

Overview

Congressional's Blue Course had been an icon of traditional American parkland golf since the 1964 U.S. Open. Prior to that event, Robert Trent Jones combined nine remodeled Devereux Emmet holes with nine new ones of his own to create the modern Blue, and those holes were remodeled and reshaped several times by son Rees Jones for the 1997 and 2011 Opens. All the while, the trees around them matured, creating dense, shadowy corridors of wood. Drainage issues and declining course conditions motivated the membership to considier a major overhaul in 2020, and that's what they received when architect Andrew Green reimagined the course as somethiing that Emmet might have originally designed, denuding the property of its forests and creating broad, rollicking fairways that tumble through meadows of long fescue punctuated by fearsome bunkers and bold, segmented greens. Parkland golf Congressional is no more, and the remodel, which included a new, drop-shot par-3 10th hole, earned the course our Best Transformation award for 2021 and a jump of 18 spots in the 100 Greatest ranking.

About

Holes 18
Length 7215
Slope 140
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 1924
Designer Devereux Emmet/Robert Trent Jones/Andrew Green

Awards

100 Greatest
Best Courses in Every State

100 Greatest: Ranked since 1966.
2023-'24 ranking: 73rd.
Previous ranking: 91st.
Highest ranking:
No. 50, 1985-'86.

Best in State: Ranked first, 1985, 1993, and since 2005. Ranked inside the top 5 since 1977.

Current ranking: First

Golf Digest Logo Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.5

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.6607
Character
7.7561
Challenge
7.7481
Layout Variety
7.6179
Fun
7.5167
Aesthetics
7.5249
Conditioning
7.7016

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