PRESS RELEASE: Norton Celebrates National Park Service’s 50-Year Lease with National Links Trust for D.C.’s Historic Golf Courses

Oct 5, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), who has sought long-term investment to maintain the three public golf courses in the District of Columbia, today celebrated the announcement that the National Park Service (NPS) has signed a 50-year lease with National Links Trust (NLT) to operate the three historic golf courses here, which are all owned by NPS. NLT will begin management of the East Potomac, Langston and Rock Creek golf courses today.

“With the signing of the lease, we have finally achieved the public-private partnership that will infuse desperately needed capital into these golf courses to maintain and preserve their historic features while making them fully available to the public,” Norton said. “Congress created the first of these golf courses in the 1920s, but never allocated the necessary funding to maintain them. I introduced legislation in 2014 for the public-private partnership announced today to increase use by our residents and our many tourists.”

For the three golf courses, NLT will:  

  • Provide affordable opportunities to golf at East Potomac, Langston and Rock Creek golf courses.
  • Expand opportunities for underserved communities, including seniors, veterans, individuals with disabilities and those new to golf.  
  • Promote youth education and support youth golf programs in collaboration with local and national youth golf organizations.
  • Share the history of the three golf courses.
  • Restore historically and architecturally significant elements of the properties.
  • Enhance and provide additional access to the natural environment to benefit both golfers and the general community.  
  • Provide new full-time, seasonal and youth-specific employment opportunities.
  • Address deferred maintenance needs across all three courses.