Golf at Congressional March 28, 2017

Repairing Divots and Ball Marks

With the aerification of the gold course underway, we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight practices that make a significant impact to everyone’s enjoyment of the game. Repairing divots and ball marks on the greens, raking bunkers thoroughly after play, and filling divots with sand all go a long way to making sure the courses look their best, every day.

Regarding ball marks, below is the proper way to repair them. This method ensures that there is no damage to the root system and allows for healing to start immediately. We hope you find these tips helpful.

As always, let us know if you have any questions!

• Close the gap/hole with putter by patting down the ball mark.

• Insert tool on the high side behind ball mark and push the back toward the center.

• Do not pull up, twist or lift with the tool.

• Push both sides of the ball mark into the center.

• Gently tap the surface down with putter.

• Never use loosened turf for repair.

We look forward to seeing you at the Club soon.

Jason Epstein, PGA Director of Athletics

Hole in Ones

Congratulations to Marvel Richards for acing a hole-in-one on February 23 while playing in the Rally for the Cure Tournament at Sugar Mill Country Club in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. This is the first hole-in-one in the 21 year history of the tournament. We are so proud of you Marvel!

Greg Dole was playing the Championship Course at TPC Scottsdale when he aced a hole-in-one. It happened on March 17 on St. Patrick's Day making the feat extra special.

Well done both! We look for you to replicate this feat at Congressional!

A Message from the Handicap Committee

The purpose of the USGA Golf Handicap System is to make the game of golf more enjoyable by enabling players of differing abilities to compete on an equitable basis.

As we start the 2017 golf season, please be aware that you must post an acceptable score for every round of golf you play, whether or not it is a nine-hole round or an 18-hole round.

There are a few exceptions to this rule, for example:

1. If you have played less than seven holes.

2. If you played a round of golf alone.

However, even under those exceptions, you must still account for that round by entering it as non-postable into the handicap system upon the completion of the round.

Scores made at any course observing an inactive season (for Congressional that is October 16th through March 14th) are NOT acceptable for handicap purposes. However, scores made in areas during an active season must be posted for handicap purposes. So, if you played in Florida this winter, those scores must be posted per the guidelines for an acceptable score.

Each missed posting will result in the assessment of a penalty score. If, for instance, you missed three postings, you will be assessed three penalty scores. A penalty score is equal to the lowest (or highest) differential score shown on your scoring record. This could dramatically lower your index and handicap.

For rounds played on or before April 15, 2017, we will look favorably upon extenuating circumstances that resulted in missed postings. However it will be up to the player to bring these circumstances to the Handicap Committee’s attention and to provide a reasonable explanation of the events. Thereafter, the Handicap Committee will strictly adhere to the USGA Handicap System guidelines.

If you have any questions with the handicap system, kindly discuss them with the golf pro shop staff; they are willing and able to assist you in every way possible. Members desiring further information on acceptable scores and penalty assessments should consult the USGA’s Handicap System Manual, which is available at: http://www.usga.org/Handicapping/handicap-manual.html#!rule-14367.

The Handicap Committee greatly appreciates your cooperation in ensuring that all handicaps reflect current playing ability.

As a reminder........

As we head into the season, we wanted to make sure everyone was reminded of the following polices within our operation.

Please always be sure to check in with the starter prior to play. Players teeing off late in the day must receive approval from the professional staff.

Junior practice on the range is limited to the lower level.

When practicing on the range, please make sure you have documented your usage on the sign-in sheet or with the range attendant.

Lastly, as the new sod takes hold, please ensure carts stay off of all newly sodded areas.

The Masters Tasting Menu

Please join us on Thursday, April 6, 2017

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Capitol Dining Room

We will be hosting "The Master's Tasting Menu", featuring throwback courses from past champions! $60.00 Per/Person for Dinner

Wine & Bar available a la carte

Please call the Banquet Office to sign up.

Congressional Opening Day

Congressional Opening Day is an annual event designed to kick off the season. It allows participants to meet other members that they have not met before, and have a competition between teams of relatively equal handicap ability. The date is Saturday, April 15th with a start time of 8:00 am shotgun on the Gold Course. This event is open to both ladies and men.

Sign up here

Golf Expo Day

Expo Day is Saturday, April 22nd from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

This year's Golf Expo will feature all of the major equipment companies plus a few extras. In addition to the latest in fitting equipment and technology, there will be many vendors, trained professionals and club fitters to assist you in selecting your new clubs. Callaway, TaylorMade, Cleveland/XXIO, Ping and Titleist will be available to assist you in selecting your new clubs!

This is the best opportunity to demo various clubs currently on the market.

Ladies Expo Day

Save Sunday, April 23rd 11:00 am to 2:00 pm for a special Ladies Only Expo.

Come out and try the latest and greatest golf equipment. This is the best opportunity to come out and try the latest and most up-to-date technology available. Representatives from Callaway, XXIO, Ping and TaylorMade as well as the professional staff will be available to help you select your new clubs for 2017.

Club Foundation

The Club Foundation, Inc., a Maryland Not-for-Profit Corporation, was formed in order to "Be There" in the event of disaster, emergency or hardship strikes those who work at the Congressional Country Club or live in the surrounding Community. It is the Foundation's goal to be in position, through grants of financial aid, to help meet the economic challenges that unfortunately accompany personal crises. Please find a link to register below for the event. We hope you can join us!

WGA Spring Meeting

Ladies Classes

Ladies Spring Learn and Play Clinic

Michael Dickson, PGA and Stacy Miller-Arndt, LPGA

Tuesdays - 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Wednesdays – 9:00 – 10:30 am

Thursdays – 9:00 – 10:30 am

Make Time for your Golf Game!!

2017 is your Year to Improve!

Learn and Play Clinic is for the golfer who plays, wants to get better but has not taken many lessons. Group environment is more casual and fun. We will cover the fundamentals but focus on full swing, on-course and short game.

The clinic price is $650 ($54 an hour) for members and $750 ($62 a hour) for guests for over 12 hours of instruction. The eight week clinic begins on Tuesday, April 18 until Tuesday, June 6, Wednesday, April 19 until Wednesday, June 7 and Thursday, April 19 until Thursday, June 8.

Junior Golf Expo and Registration

The Junior Golf Expo and Sale is on Saturday, April 8th. From 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Ping, Callaway, and a US Kids Golf representative will be available on the driving range for fittings. Junior Golf Registration will take place inside the Clubhouse in the rotunda from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm with US Kids Golf representatives available for fitting. Make sure to take a spin on the prize wheel after you make your own ice cream sandwich!

Enjoy new junior apparel lines from Adidas, Under Armour, Polo, and Garb for both boys and girls. Turtles & Tees will be showcasing their junior girl’s apparel. Make sure to also check out the new selection of junior shoes from Under Armour, Adidas, FootJoy. All purchases and special orders for junior apparel and shoes will be granted a 20% discount on Saturday, April 8th. Included in this mailing is a special order form with our featured Garb junior golf outfit. Bring completed form to Lauren Burns in the Golf Shop on or before April 8th. Sizing samples will be available at the Junior Golf Expo for your convenience.

Rising Starz Coaching Series

Mike Dickson, PGA and PGA Assistant Professionals

Starting the week of March 1, the series will be from 4:00 to 6:00 pm with a Wednesday or Thursday session available. This coaching program is a TEAM FORMAT SETTING designed for the junior ages 11 to 14 that wants to prepare themselves for competitive and high school golf. Each month the program consists of 9 hours of instruction. Student to teacher ratio is 6 to 1.

Each month the program includes:

*Two 9 hole Playing Lessons

*Two 2 Hour Practice Sessions

*Aimpoint Express Green Reading

*CCX Game Improvement Tracking Program

*Trackman Combine Assessment

The program offers:

3 month - $495 per month ($61.00 per hour)

6 month - $445 per month ($55.62 per hour)

9 month - $395 per month ($49.38 per hour)

Future Starz Coaching Series

Mike Dickson, PGA and Stacy Miller-Arndt, LPGA

Starting the week of March 31, the series will be from 4:00 to 5:30 pm on Tuesdays or 12:30 to 2:00 pm on Sundays. This coaching program is a TEAM FORMAT SETTING designed for the young junior ages 8 to 10 that wants to prepare themselves for junior golf and more on-course experience. Each month the program consists of 6 hours of instruction. Student to teacher ratio is 5 to 1.

Each month the program includes:

*On Course Playing Lessons

*Full swing and short game practice sessions

*Aimpoint Express Green Reading

*CCX Game Improvement Tracking Program

The program offers:

3 month - $365 per month ($60.00 per hour)

6 month - $325 per month ($54.16 per hour)

9 month - $295 per month ($49.16 per hour)

After School Clinics

After School Clinics are for 6 to 10 year olds or 3 hole to 5 hole advanced junior golfers. We will work on fundamentals of the golf swing, putting and chipping. The clinics are from 4:00 to 5:00 pm and $40 per clinic. If a junior registers for all seven clinics, the total session price will be $210.00

Friday, April 28 Friday, May 19

Friday, May 5 Friday, May 26

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