The A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation, a charitable organization which often invests in nonprofits serving the Washington DC metro area, is investing $500,000 over two years in the National Links Trust (NLT), which will support the construction of a driving range facility and clubhouse at Rock Creek Park’s golf course in Washington, DC.
“This investment will be truly impactful in support of our strategic capital projects, NLT president and CEO Sinclair Eaddy Jr. said in a statement. “We are grateful and humbled by the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation’s commitment to the National Links Trust and the residents of Washington, DC.”
The NLT is an organization formed to promote and protect affordability, accessibility, and engaging golf courses across the United States.
NLT is focused on the extraordinary opportunity to improve the golf courses and enhance the facilities at the three municipal courses in our nation’s capital: Rock Creek Golf Course, Langston Golf Course, and East Potomac Golf Links. Each of these sites has a rich, storied history and the planned improvements will rehabilitate each course while making golf more accessible and inclusive for golfers and community members of all ages and demographics, the statement says.
The plans for the Rock Creek course include a new clubhouse structure with space for standard golf course infrastructure (pro shop, restrooms, kitchen, restaurant seating) and a new double-decker practice driving range. In addition, the NLT will host programming such as golf leagues, holiday and summer camps, and community outings. The enhanced facilities will also support expanded youth programming for the First Tee of Greater Washington, DC, another Clark Foundation grantee.
“Mr. Clark sought to improve the lives of Washington, DC area residents, and we are excited to support The National Links Trust project to improve the three municipal golf courses in Washington DC. The Rock Creek Park project offers employment opportunities, outdoor recreation, and community programming to engage young residents. We look forward to seeing the hard work of NLT benefit the communities in our city,” said Joe Del Guercio, president and CEO of the Clark Foundation.