Three historic courses being renovated in Washington D.C.

Troon has partnered with The National Links to renovate and operate East Potomac Park, Langston and Rock Creek Park golf courses.

The National Links Trust is partnering with Troon to renovate and operate three historical public golf courses in Washington, D.C. — East Potomac Park, Langston and Rock Creek Park golf courses. 

The National Links Trust is a non-profit entity formed to preserve and protect affordable, accessible and architecturally engaging public access golf. The National Park Service hired it to negotiate a long-term lease for the rehab and operation of the three courses. 

“Troon is proud, and honored, to be part of The National Links Trust’s all-star team and share in their vision and commitment to bring these historic courses back to their original prominence,” said Tim Schantz, president and chief executive officer, Troon. “We look forward to being a part of delivering accessible, affordable and engaging public golf to the DC area.”

Golf course architects Tom Doak, Gil Hanse and Beau Welling will provide design services for renovation work on the courses. Rock Creek Park golf course opened in 1909. East Potomac Park opened in 1921 and was for whites only until 1955. Langston Golf Course opened in 1939 as a course for African Americans. It was the second racially desegregated course in the District of Columbia and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. 

The National Links Trust has proposed a multi-year, multi-million-dollar investment in the restoration and rehabilitation of the golf properties, while simultaneously developing and maintaining environmentally sound open spaces and parks.

“These properties are more than just golf courses,” said Michael McCartin, co-founder of NLT. “They are unique cultural and recreational resources with a long and commendable record of offering affordable access to the game of golf. Our plan calls for celebrating the history of the three golf courses, particularly their role in the integration of public golf and recreational facilities in both the greater Washington D.C. area and the nation. We are honored to take on the responsibility of revitalizing these remarkable properties and look forward to expanding recreational opportunities for underserved communities, including seniors, veterans, individuals with disabilities and those new to golf.” 

Golf developer Mike Keiser is serving as senior advisor to the NLT. The NLT is also partnering with civic, philanthropic and environmental organizations such as First Tee of Greater Washington, DC, Golf. My Future. My Game., Anacostia Watershed and many others. 

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