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Apr 10, 2013 - Teeing off in Washington DC

There are three public golf courses within the boundaries of Washington, D.C., all operated by the National Park Service, making for greens fees and rental carts that are very affordable. If you’re in town on on a charter bus trip or just want a change of pace after all the hectic sight-seeing around the monuments and museums, you can access each of these courses within minutes. They’re open year-round, with advanced tee times available seven days in advance, but tee times go quickly. Travel round Washington DC’s golf courses with a bus, coach bus, party bus, mini bus, passenger coach or school bus chartered from Bus Charter Washington D.C.

East Potomac lies a short charter bus ride away on Hains Point between the Potomac River and the Washington Channel, in full view of the D.C. sights. Charter bus golfers can choose from the 18-hole blue course, with the Washington Monument visible from any location, or the two nine-hole courses, the White Course, with its short par 4s perfect for intermediate golfers, and the Red Course, offering par-3 practice. East Potomac also has Washington's only lighted and heated driving range and the oldest continually operating miniature golf course in the United States. After a full day of golf, chow down on burgers and beers on the porch of the Potomac Grill and watch the planes take off at National Airport or try and catch a glimpse of the Marine One helicopter ferrying the vice president around town.

Take a charter bus drive down to Langston, where you can walk in the footsteps of Bob Hope, President Gerald Ford and prominent golfers Charlie Sifford, Lee Elder and Jim Thorpe, who all participated in the international pro-am tournament, the Capital City Open. The historic Langston course was originally segregated, but eventually became home to the nation’s first golf clubs for black men and women and is still a favorite of African American golfers. Be careful of the Joe Louis Tree on the third fairway, and watch out for Kingman Lake on the back nine. You can practice first on the driving range and 5,000-square-foot putting area and brag about your round afterward at the Langston Grille. You might even see a congressman or two, since this course is only five minutes from the Capitol.

The Rock Creek course is the farthest D.C. course from downtown by charter bus, and by virtue of being in the middle of the second largest urban park on the East Coast, you might find yourself sharing a hole with an occasional deer, raccoon or fox. The 18-hole course is especially suitable for beginning charter bus golfers with its short layout of par 3s and 4s, but the tight fairways, dense woods, small greens and dramatic elevations make it challenging enough to test more advanced players. The netted full-swing and short game area is only available to golf school students, but any visitor is welcome to putt and chip around the 2,500-square-foot practice green

Play a round of golf or two the next time you’re in Washington DC with a charter bus from Bus Charter Washington D.C. Take advantage of their friendly service and a selection from their fleet of fully equipped charter buses.