Langston Golf Course in Washington, D.C., the first golf course built specifically for African-American golfers, will be inducted into the National Black Golf Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place March 23 in Tampa.
Also inducted this year will be Wake Robin Golf Club, believed to be the oldest black women’s golf club in America. Established in 1937 by 13 D.C. women, the club worked to desegregate public golf in the District. Due in large part to their efforts, Langston was established in 1939, and two years later all public courses in D.C. were open to all.
Langston, a National Park Service property, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is named for John Mercer Langston, the first African-American elected to public office in America (1855), the first dean of Howard University’s law department, and the first president of Virginia State University.
Also inducted into the Black Golf Hall of Fame will be the parents of Tiger Woods, Earl Woods Sr. and Kultida Woods.
The Golf Couse Specialists, the management company of Langston as well as East Potomac and Rock Creek golf courses, will hold a local celebration honoring Langston on Saturday, June 8.