WASHINGTON, D.C. | Given the political rancor in the nation’s capital, I have assiduously avoided visiting this city, my love for its stately monuments and Pierre Charles L’Enfant’s elegant architecture notwithstanding. But recently, I heard about an initiative by an organization called the National Links Trust to secure a long-term lease with the National Park Service to restore and run a trio of municipal golf facilities, all of which are located on government land in the District and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. To handle the course work, leaders of the trust enlisted architects Tom Doak, Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner, all of whom agreed to donate their design services. They also secured support from Mike Keiser, the developer best known for his groundbreaking Bandon Dunes resort, and induced Troon Golf to agree to manage the properties, known as Rock Creek, Langston and East Potomac. All of this, of course, hinges on the trust’s proposal being accepted.
“Our goal is to upgrade these facilities, some of which h...
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