Langston Golf Course62600 Benning Rd NE Washington, DC 20002-4846 202-397-8638
The Washington, DC based 18-hole Langston Legacy Golf Course was originally built in 1939 as a segregated golf facility to provide African-American golfers with a course they could call their own. Today this historic golf course features 6,652 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 with a course rating of 69.5 and a slope rating of 115. The Langston Golf Course is named for John Mercer Langston, the first African-American popularly elected to office in 1855, founder and first dean of Howard University’s Law Department (now Howard University Law School), first president of Virginia State University, and the first Black congressman elected from Virginia in 1888. The course boasts a rich history and in fact the first nine holes were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
The Langston Legacy Golf Course is known as hidden golf treasure in Washington, DC and a very fun place to play. The course is challenging but it is ideal for beginner's and intermediate level players. The front nine tends to play easier than the back nine which is laden with rolling hills, water hazards and nerve testing tee shots. In fact, you’ll find hole #10 to be especially challenging since you will need to clear part of Kingman Lake on your tee shot to reach the fairway on this imposing par five hole. Throughout your round you’ll have excellent views of the surrounding parkland scenery and a the farthest northern point you can gaze upon the pristine and undeveloped land along the Anacostia River basin.
You’ll find that Langston Golf Course offers amenities such as a clubhouse, a youth education center and a driving range that is located at the far southeast corner of the golf facility. Pull and power carts are available, as are rental sets of golf clubs. Langston Golf Course also serves as an excellent place for corporate outings because of its close proximity to Downtown Washington, D.C.