Washington D.C.'s East Potomac Golf Course closed in shutdown
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Washington D.C.’s East Potomac Golf Course closed in shutdown

If the Congress cannot pass a budget and get it to President Obama's desk for his signature by midnight Monday, the federal government will shut down after an orderly few hours on Tuesday morning.

For Washington, D.C., whose budget is controlled exclusively in the federal budgeting process, that means non-essential government services are shut down as well.

That means D.C. golfers will be unable to play Golf D.C.'s East Potomac Golf Club, a municipal course located across the tidal basin in Southwest D.C. While it's not a spectacular course, it's one of the few public facilities in the capital. Several holes, including the eighth, have a spectacular view of the Washington Monument, making the green fee well worth the less-than-stellar course conditions.

A pro shop employee confirmed Monday that the facility will be closed indefinitely until a budget is passed and signed into law. The two other Golf D.C. courses, Rock Creek G.C. and Langston G.C., will also be closed in a shutdown.

However, late on Monday afternoon, D.C. mayor Vincent Gray said he has no plans to shut down D.C. services on Tuesday morning, suggesting the city has legal authority to use up to $144 million in cash reserves to keep the city going for as long as two weeks before then having to shut down.

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