President Obama Begins Summer Vacation, Plays 300th Round of Golf Since Being in Office

U.S. President Barack Obama drives a golf cart at the Army Navy Country Club in Fairfax, Virginia, U.S., July 16, 2016.  YURI GRIPAS/REUTERS
U.S. President Barack Obama drives a golf cart at the Army Navy Country Club in Fairfax, Virginia, U.S., July 16, 2016. YURI GRIPAS/REUTERS

Pres. Obama’s summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard began in earnest Sunday as he hit the links for a round of golf – his 300th since taking office.

He has shown himself to be the most avid golfer of any president since Dwight Eisenhower, who is said to have played 800 rounds in office and installed a putting green on the South Lawn of the White House.

“He shoots in the mid-80s to low 90s,” says an occasional golf partner of Mr. Obama’s, speaking on condition of anonymity.

He further describes the president as a competitive player and a serious scorekeeper on the golf course.

“Every shot counts,” says the occasional partner, based on over 20 rounds played with Mr. Obama. “He keeps score 100 percent,” and doesn’t take mulligans – do-over shots for which President Bill Clinton had a well-earned reputation on when playing golf.

In an interview last week with the Golf Channel’s David Feherty, Mr. Obama said of his golf handicap, “I’m an honest 13.”

By my count, this is Mr. Obama’s 38th time playing golf on Martha’s Vineyard during his seven visits split between three courses: Farm Neck in Oak Bluffs, Vineyard in Edgartown and Mink Meadows in Vineyard Haven.

But his most frequent venues for golf are the courses at Joint Base Andrews just outside D.C. He has played there 107 times. He has also played 54 times at Fort Belvoir in Virginia and 27 times at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. He has played only once on foreign soil: a round on April 23 this year with British Prime Minister David Cameron at The Grove Golf Club in Hertfordshire, U.K., north of London.

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SOURCE: Gregory Korte
USA TODAY