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Congressional Secrets

Steeped in history and as Washington as it gets, the Congressional Country Club has been the setting for some of the capitol's wonkiest moments.

Updated: June 16, 2011, 1:39 PM ET
By Jason Horowitz

On a scorching June morning, a black GMC Suburban and a Savannah van convoyed up a winding driveway in Bethesda, Md., marked with "members only" signs. The cars climbed a hill overlooking cross-checked fairways and baize putting greens to the stately clubhouse of the Congressional Country Club. Ernie Els, who won the Open here in 1997, lumbered out of the front car's passenger seat, unloaded his clubs and, in his breezy, slightly inscrutable South African accent, recalled the privilege ...

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