Golf Courses

NPS Photo
A golf pro works with local youth at the Langston Golf Course in 1979.
A golf pro works with local youth at the Langston Golf Course in 1979. (Reprinted with permission of the D.C. Public Library, Star Collection) Copyright Washington Post

Links to the past

The three NPS golf courses in D.C. have a fascinating and complex history. Initially built between 1918 and 1939, the courses have hosted numerous tournaments, presidents of the United States, renowned American golfers as well as countless local citizens. The golf courses also played a role in the civil rights movement; activists successfully protested for equal access to the courses and helped inspire the integration of the city's recreational facilities in 1941. Learn more about this history.

The National Park Service recently completed a series of studies on the history and design of the National Park Service golf courses at East Potomac Park, Rock Creek Park, and Langston. All three are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and the studies provide up-to-date and comprehensive documentation to aid in the interpretation, management, and full understanding of the sites.

Aerial view of Langston Golf Course
Aerial view of Langston Golf Course (NPS Photo)

Leasing opportunity for National Capital Region golf courses

The National Park Service (NPS) is offering a long-term lease opportunity for three golf courses in Washington, D.C. We’re looking for an operator who’s committed to providing affordable and easy-to-access golfing, to improving facilities and courses and to preserving the unique histories and landscapes of each of these courses.

East Potomac Golf Course, Langston Golf Course and Rock Creek Golf Course have been operated under concessions contracts for more than 30 years. The NPS has determined that a long-term competitive lease for these properties will ensure the best possible recreational experience for golfers and will allow for substantial capital investments.

Golf Course Specialists, Inc., has provided services at all three golf courses since 1989 under concessions contracts. The contract expires on September 30, 2020, and the NPS plans to enter into a new lease agreement no later than October 1, 2020.

Request for proposals

The National Park Service has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the leasing opportunity for the three golf courses (Solicitation Number: NCR-3060-19-001). The RFP explains the business opportunity and the terms and conditions under which the NPS will award the lease.

Site Visit

The Service will host a site visit for parties interested in bidding on this opportunity on July 17-18, 2019. The site visit will provide an overview of the golf course operations, along with a tour of the courses. Attendance requires a mandatory RSVP to receive the specific information on when and where to meet for the site visit. There is a limit of three people per interested party. Anyone desiring to attend the site visit must send an email to NCR Chief of Commercial Services, Chad Tinney, no later than July 15, 2019 at 4:00 pm EST. All RSVP emails must include your name(s), email address, phone number, and the name of your organization or interested party being represented.


Questions related to this RFP must be sent via email by 4:00 pm on August 8, 2019 to Chad Tinney. Any proposal must be received by the Chief of Commercial Services, National Capital Region, National Park Service, 1100 Ohio Drive, Washington, D.C. 20242 by 4:00 p.m. EDT by Friday, November 27, 2019, in order to be evaluated and considered for award of the lease.


To receive amendments to this RFP, please email Chief of Commercial Services, Chad Tinney, your contact information (name, email address, and phone number). The NPS will send any additional information specific to the RFP via email to individuals who have been placed on the contact list. Amendment information relative to the solicitation will also be posted on this page.

Point of Contact

Chad Tinney, Chief of Commercial Services, National Capital Region. 202-619-7072

Lease documents

ATTACHMENT A: Draft Master Lease
ATTACHMENT B: Financial Documents
ATTACHMENT C: Links to Historic Resource Study, Cultural Landscape Report, and Cultural Landscape Inventories
ATTACHMENT D: Deferred maintenance
EXHIBIT A: Site Plans Showing Leased Premises
EXHIBIT B: Insurance Requirements
EXHIBIT C: Inventory and Condition Report

Last updated: January 10, 2020