The United States Golf Association revealed an updated Congressional County Club today, making the 2011 U.S. Open course setup a thing of beauty. All 18 greens have been rebuilt, and Mike Davis and the USGA have added seven tee boxes to stretch it out to 7,568 yards, 300 yards longer then the 1997 U.S. Open won by Ernie Els.
My favorite hole on the course, #18, has been lengthened to 521 yards and will force players to hit mid or long irons into the green. In 1997, the 18th played as #17, so we will see what Mike Davis does this time around. But I think #18 playing downhill and the players hitting 5 or 6-irons into the green will bring the water left and long in play big time. And with a pin placement back left, all I can say is WOW!! How exciting can that be?
I really can’t wait until the tournament is played at Congressional. The U.S. Open is by far my favorite championship and I am definetely going to try to get out to the Washington DC area for this one.