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Course changes offer no walk in the park

Golf Talk Central
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BETHESDA, Md. – In kind terms Congressional’s new 10th hole, reversed and demoted from the 1997 U.S. Open that was played on the Blue Course, is a good way to get from the ninth green to the 11th tee.

Logistically the re-routing allows for a better flow of traffic and a much more compelling finish, with the former par-4 17th hole now serving as the dramatic last, but that is for groups going off the first tee.

GolfTalkCentral hoofed out early Tuesday and discovered a newly built bridge/walkway that leads players from the 18th green to the first hole. All total the walk is 417 uphill steps, including 100 stairs. We asked players and caddies which would be harder, teeing off on the par-3 10th hole first thing Thursday morning or having to make “the walk” from No. 18 to No. 1.

“I’ll let you know in about five minutes,” said James Edmondson, who caddies for Ryan Palmer, as he headed up the stairs.

Harrison Frazar may have answered the question best following his trek to the top. “Man what a hike,” said the man who needed 354 Tour starts to get his first win.