Golf Courses

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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.

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