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“Dear PoPville,

I just wanted to shoot you a quick note asking if you had heard what’s going on at Rock Creek Golf Course… Apparently they have closed the back 9 indefinitely! I love this course and it’s really tragic to me that it has fallen into such disrepair that they just close half the course because it’s easier (and cheaper) than fixing it. I talked to a couple people at the course yesterday but I couldn’t get a straight answer from anyone about what was going on. Any chance you can help?!”

The National Park Service replied the following to me via email:

“The National Park Service is in the process of developing a long-term competitive lease which will allow for needed improvement projects at Langston, East Potomac, and Rock Creek Park golf courses. To allow time for the development of a competitive lease, the National Park Service negotiated an extension with the current operator, Golf Course Specialists, Inc. The agreement allowed for the temporary closure of the back nine holes at Rock Creek Park Golf Course.

The new long-term lease will provide opportunities to make needed changes at the Rock Creek Park golf course.

We’re currently developing a Request for Proposals to advertise the competitive lease opportunity, and plan to enter into a new lease agreement no later than October 1, 2020.”


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