ATT National - Congressional Country Club course preview

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AT&T NationalThis week the PGA Tour returns to Congressional Country Club’s Blue Course in Bethesda, Md., for the AT&T National. GCSAA Class A member Michael Giuffre, director of golf and grounds maintenance, took advantage of a dry advance week to firm up the golf course after a very wet spring.
 
The four-inch Kentucky bluegrass/bermudagrass/perennial ryegrass/fescue rough is much thicker this year than in the past because of all the rain. This will be the last go-around for the bentgrass/Poa annua greens that are rolling 12 feet on the stimpmeter, as the Blue Course will undergo a greens renovation following this year's tournament.
 

grass type

Grass type:
Tees - Bentgrass - .38'
Fairways - Bentgrass - .38'
Greens - Bentgrass; Poa annua - .1'
Rough - Kentucky Bluegrass; bermudagrass; perennial ryegrass; fescue, 4'

weather

Weather: Low 80s with 30% chance of rain Thursday. Temperatures heat up for the weekend, with a possible thunderstorm on Saturday.

yardage

Yardage: 7,255 yards, par 70

signature hole

Fun fact: The club was founded by a group of legislators in the 1920s. Its list of founding members includes, Calvin Coolidge, Warren Harding, Woodrow Wilson, William H. Taft, Harvey S. Firestone, William C. Carnegie, William Randolph Hearst and Walter P. Chrysler.


 

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