The site for Langston Golf Course was selected in 1929 as a reaction to the demand for an African American golf course in the District of Columbia; construction however, did not begin until the mid 1930’s. The historic Langston Golf Course was officially opened in 1939 as a venue for minority participation in the game of golf with the strong support of Harold Ickes, Secretary of the Interior. It was named after John Mercer Langston, a renowned educator and prominent political figure of that era. Langston Golf Course is on the National Register of Historic Places and maintained and preserved by the National Park Service. Langston is known as the home of the internationally renowned Capital City Open Pro-Am Tournament and the Jimmy Garvin Legacy Scholarship Classic.
For more than 15 years, three junior golf programs have made Langston their home, Masons Army, Langston Junior Boys and Girls and the First Tee, DC. These programs operate year round offering golf and educational instruction, for more information contact
Langston, once managed by the great Lee Elder, has hosted many notables on the links including, retired Washington Senators baseball player Chuck Hinton, the famous boxer, Joe Louis, African American golfer, Ted Rhodes, the late Afro American News writer, Sam Lacy, Hall of Fame baseball player Maury Wills, U.S. Secretary of Interior, Gale Norton, Missouri Congressman Lacy Clay, South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn, Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold, actor and professor, Al Freeman, Jr., and the musical superstars the O'Jays. Washington Redskins players Darrell Green and Brian Mitchell as well as the Dallas Cowboys, Alvin Harper have also enjoyed the Langston links. In addition, Washington, DC City Council Member's Harry Thomas, Jr., and Marion Barry as well as former Council Member Vincent Orange and former Mayor Anthony Williams all call Langston their home course. Other frequent players at the historic Langston Golf Course include members of two of the oldest organized African American golf groups in the country; the Wake Robbins women's golf group, one of the first African-American women’s golf clubs incorporated in the United States, and the men’s group, the Monday Morning Golf Group, with two players still active will into their 90's, Reds Anderson and Dave Stroman.