Congressional CC

Rod Simpson

  • Date Added: 1/27/2016
  • Theme: Boreal
  • Type: Real
  • Par: 71
  • Yardage: 7500
  • Green Speed: Fast
  • Firmness: Medium
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Likes: 30

Course Description:

Home to 5 Major Championships and home of the PGA Tours annual Quicken Loans National, the famed Blue course is characterised by it's rolling terrain, tree-lined fairways, wide and challenging greens, and strategically placed water hazards, Enjoy!!!

Member Reviews:

This is a class act.

Every thing about this
course is top notch.
Gets my vote for course
of the year.If you like
playing on a real course you
 will enjoy this gem 10/10

Congressional is a course that I become enamored with for a little while, and then upon further review as the PGA Tour resumed regular stops there, started to reveal itself as a kind of bland country club design, with just a few exciting holes around the clubhouse. I think my opinion of the course design is only slightly elevated after my round here, but I do have a newfound appreciation for these greens. They lack the outright severity that you may find on other real courses (and for sure will find on fictional courses), but the constant motion of the greens makes it difficult to place a ball next to the pin, and every putt requires careful attention.

In windy conditions, this course requires the outright concentration that you might find necessary at a major tournament.

From a technical standpoint, there is absolutely nothing here to criticize. The contours are those of a now seasoned veteran in the GNCD, with great bunker sculpting and superb attention to detail. And of course, the greens are masterful. 

Video of round:

(Saturday version played) An accurate real life recreation of Congressional Country Club (Blue Course) that both looks and plays great, and I know from experience just how much time and effort it takes to achieve that. Everything is smoothly sculpted, the planting and other additional features are used perfectly and the elevation changes are used to show this all off to full effect.

There are only two minor issues preventing this from scoring a perfect 10. Firstly there are a couple of pins cut a little too close to yellow slopes and secondly the fairways are set firmer than the greens (a pet peeve of mine I know!). For about 16 of the 18 holes neither of these are an issue but on the odd occasion my ball landed a yard or two short of the green it was jarring to see it bounce on and leave me a 50+ putt.

Tournaments Hosted

Year Event Tour Winner
2016 Detroit Open Platinum JT Current
2016 U.S. Open True Sim Bradley Garcia
2017 Energy Drink Classic Elite Jason Schwartz

Other Courses by Rod Simpson

Course Name Theme Par
PGA West (Palmer)[Sunday] Desert 72
Emirates International GC (Fri) Desert 72
Growling Frog Golf & CC Countryside 72
Emirates International GC (Thu) Desert 72
Pacific Dunes Boreal 72
PGA West (Palmer)[Friday] Desert 72
PGA West (Palmer)[Saturday] Desert 72
Emirates International GC (Sat) Desert 72
PGA West(Palmer)[thursday Desert 72
Emirates International GC (Sun) Desert 72
Royal Ballylough Highlands 71
Royal Ballylough (Sunday) Highlands 71
PGA West (Palmer)'16 Desert 72
Growling Frog 2016 Countryside 72
Royal Ballylough 2016 Highlands 71
Settlers Run Country Club Countryside 72
Congressional Country Club Boreal 71
PGA National (Champion) T Tropical 70
Royal Ballylough 2019 Highlands 71
The Glades Golf Club Rustic 72
The Colonial Golf Club Tropical 72
Samurai Links (Composite) Delta 73
Eucalypt National Boreal 72