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Golfers enjoy pleasant weather while playing the greens Monday at East Potomac Park Golf Course. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

For decades, the District’s three federally-owned public golf courses have been havens for beginners, retirees, college kids, weekend hackers and anyone else interested in a low-barrier, low-cost links experience. But two politicians are pushing ambitious plans to turn at least one of those courses into an upscale, country-club-like facility — with prices to match. Those plans — wouldn’t you know it — have been met with skepticism from the regular users of the East Potomac, Langston and Rock Creek facilities, who agree some upgrades are needed but are wary of any attempt to move the facilities to a higher echelon. Said one East Potomac regular, “We’ve got plenty of upscale in Washington as it is.”

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Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

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