Donald Trump, the 45th President of the USA, has played more golf in his first month in office than any other former President. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Well, I have always thought that people in positions of power and authority need the stress relieving powers of a game of golf. But when is a lot too much. When does the golf get in the way of running the country? I think in Donald trumps case only time will tell. I think most Americans don’t care how much golf their President plays as long as he is making the correct decisions for the good of the country! Thanks to Swing by Swing, here is a list of 10 golfing Presidents of the modern era!
The president of the United States is one of the most stressful jobs in the history of America, so it’s no surprise quite a few Commanders-in-Chief took to the golf course to let off a little steam. In honor of President’s Day, we take a look back on 10 past U.S. presidents that found happiness with a golf club in their hands.
Famously a member at Augusta National Golf Club where he used to have one of the most notorious trees in golf named after him (which unfortunately fell in 2014 due to a major ice storm), Ike played more than 800 rounds of golf while calling the White House home. Playing often with Arnold Palmer in the years following the conclusion of World War II, Eisenhower and the King brought the game to the masses. According “Ike’s Bluff”, a biography by Evan Thomas, “Ike loosened up in his White House bedroom every morning with an 8-iron, hit balls on the White House lawn every day at 5 p.m…the man was serious about his golf.”
George W. Bush
Bush 43 is a certified golf junkie. While not only a decent player in his own right, Bush enjoys watching the pros on television and is a frequent guest at the biennial Presidents Cup matches. Most famously, Bush is a quick player with rounds that surpass three hours being considered slow.
Nixon took up golf while serving as Vice President of the United States under Dwight Eisenhower. However, his plan to spend more time with his boss turned into a full-blown addiction, eventually leading friends to build a three-hole golf course at his home in California as a respite from the likes of Watergate and Vietnam.
Reagan had been a golfer long before he entered the Presidency. As an actor and executive, he played the game often, and his natural athletic ability led him to be a pretty good player. Once in office, however, Reagan’s rounds were limited dramatically, save for his annual New Year’s Eve outings on a private California course. Famously, Reagan was playing a round at Augusta National when a gunman took two hostages in the club’s pro shop and demanded to talk to the Commander in Chief.
George H.W. Bush
Bush 41 was a golfer by blood, and that line ran throughout his family. In fact, his grandfather, George Herbert Walker, was a former President of the USGA and the founder of the Walker Cup. Bush was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011 and can be seen at multiple PGA Tour events each year.
Golf is a favorite pastime for presidents, past and current. While the PGA Championship played out in all its glory in Wisconsin over the weekend, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton played golf on the toney Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Obama has played almost every day of his annual 2 week vacation.I agree with former President Clinton who defended Obama’s golf interest recently by saying to talk show host Seth Myers, “Every mind needs some release.” Clinton also added that aides and global communications equipment follow a president where he goes. “They can always get you if they need you,” Clinton said.
Thanks to Golf Digest and Alex Myers for this entertaining article!
Donald Trump caused his latest stir during an eventful campaign by releasing a video that claimed President Obama is playing golf “while the world burns
.” We’re not quite sure what to make of that statement, but we’re certain Obama and former President Bill Clinton played golf together on Saturday morning at Farm Neck Golf Club in Martha’s Vineyard. Here are eight things we learned from photos of this power pairing, who played alongside civil rights activist Vernon Jordan and former U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk:1. The President doesn’t care what The Donald has to say:
Obama has never hid his love for the game and this was his fifth round of golf on his current vacation, according to The Hill. He also played with NBA MVP Stephen Curry, Dell Curry and Ray Allen on Friday.
Related: Photos of President Obama playing golf through the years2. President Obama will give you your golf ball back:
3. President Obama will give you a hug on the course:
4. President Obama’s on-course security includes a police dog: