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Troon partnering with the National Links Trust to manage operations at 3 Washington, D.C., public golf courses

National Links Trust seeks to preserve and protect affordable, accessible and architecturally engaging public-access golf

Scottsdale, Ariz. (June 23, 2020) – Troon®, the leader in club management, development, and marketing, is pleased to announce it is partnering with The National Links Trust (NLT), a non-profit entity formed to preserve and protect affordable, accessible and architecturally engaging public access golf, to manage the operations for East Potomac Park, Langston and Rock Creek Park golf courses in Washington, DC. The National Links Trust was recently selected by the National Park Service (NPS) to negotiate a long-term lease for the rehab and operation of the three historic golf properties. The NPS and NLT will begin negotiations immediately with the goal of having a lease in place no later than September 30, 2020.

Langston Golf Course, first opened in 1939, is one of three 18-hole golf courses on National Park Service land in Washington, DC  NPS  Marcey Frutchey
Langston Golf Course

Renowned golf course architects Tom Doak, Gil Hanse and Beau Welling will provide design services for renovation work on the courses, while 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.

“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.”

The National Links Trust has proposed on 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 for the benefit of the community, both golfers and non-golfers.

“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.”

For more information on The National Links Trust, visit www.nationallinkstrust.com.

About National Links Trust
The National Links Trust is a 501(c)(3) organization formed to promote and protect affordability, accessibility and engaging golf course architecture at municipal golf courses throughout the USA. NLT is currently negotiating the Master Lease for improving the golf courses and enhancing the facilities at the three historic courses in our nation’s capital: East Potomac Park, Langston, and Rock Creek. Founded by Michael McCartin and William Smith, both experienced golf course designers and Washington, DC natives, the Trust is funded by private donors and governed and supported by a team of business and civic leaders from the DC area and beyond.

About Troon
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at 440-plus locations around the globe, including managing 475-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 475-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 43 states and 33 countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Honours Golf, OB Sports, Green Golf Partners, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design. There are currently 67 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 87 golf courses on national and international “Top 100” rankings. Troon-affiliated properties include Gamble Sands in Brewster, Washington; The Virginian in Bristol, Virginia; Kapalua Golf in Maui, Hawaii; Lofoten Links in Gimsoysand, Norway; and The Els Club Dubai in United Arab Emirates. For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com.

Media contact:
Rob Myers
Troon
480.477.0506
rmyers@troon.com