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Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 06/14/2011

U.S. Open 2011 at Congressional Country Club: Planning your course of action

Jose Maravilla works on a sand trap on the 5th hole. (Matt McClain/For The Washington Post) (Matt McClain - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
U.S. Open practice rounds began Monday at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, and some of the expected 250,000 spectators turned up to take photos and meet golf legends.

Whether you’re making the trip to Bethesda or just trying to avoid traffic, use this tip sheet to plan your course of action. (Pun intended.)

Traffic and directions

The USGA is directing spectators to arrive via shuttle -- from the Grosvenor Metro Station or designated parking lots in Gaithersburg and at Dulles Airport. Here’s a map with related information, such as parking resources.

Understanding the course

Wages Carroll, 13, watches a practice round. (Toni L. Sandys - WASHINGTON POST)
Thanks to some minor changes to make it U.S. Open-ready, Congressional Country Club has a course that is long and capable of giving the most seasoned golfers a run for their money. This hole-by-hole graphic will show you the lay of the land. (Turf trivia: Fairways and greens are bentgrass; rough is a fescue/rye blend with a little bluegrass thrown in.)

Photos from the course

Photographer Matt McClain snapped these photos from the first day of practice rounds, and users submitted their own photos to this gallery.

Submit your own photos untilt he festivities are over June 19 either by adding them to the gallery or tweeting them to @PostLive by using the hash tag #WPUSOPEN. We'll use tweets with this hashtag in our user gallery.

Live from Congressional Country Club

Post Sports will be broadcasting live at noon Tuesday from the course. Tune in below:

More news:

• The U.S. Open tends to produce unlikely first-round leaders who usually fade by the end of the tournament.

• Find tee times for the first and second rounds here.

• Our live broadcast from Tuesday’s practice rounds.

Forecast looking forward to Thursday.


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