Norton wants upgrades to DC's golf courses

WASHINGTON (AP) - Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says the public golf courses in the nation's capital are in desperate need of an upgrade.

The District of Columbia's delegate to Congress introduced a bill Monday calling for a study of the possibility of public-private partnerships to operate the three courses.

Norton says she'd like to see one of them transformed into "a world-class, tournament-quality course" with higher greens fees that can subsidize improvements at the other two.

The courses - East Potomac, Langston and Rock Creek - are owned by the National Park Service and operated through concession contracts. They are known for affordable greens fees and remain popular among golfers of limited means.

Norton says the courses are deteriorating and should offer some of the nation's best municipal golf.