'Golfer-in-chief' hits 100th round as president
President Barack Obama plays golf with Republican House Speaker John Boehner in Maryland on June 18, 2011.
June 17th, 2012
04:20 PM ET
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'Golfer-in-chief' hits 100th round as president

(CNN) – President Barack Obama celebrated Father's Day on Sunday with a round a golf – his 100th as president, according to a calculation by the television travel pool.

Obama marked the milestone with a game at the century-old Beverly Country Club in Chicago, and hit the links with regular partners Eric Whitaker, Marty Nesbitt and Marvin Nicholson. The president was in Chicago to celebrate the wedding of senior adviser Valerie Jarrett's daughter, which took place Saturday, and will fly to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, later Sunday for a meeting of the G-20.

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Obama frequently makes trips to the Washington suburbs to play golf on the weekends – in the past several months he has played the course at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland and Fort Belvoir in Virginia. His partners during the three years he's been in office have included former President Bill Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker John Boehner and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Obama's propensity to spend his weekends on the links hasn't gone unnoticed by his Republican rivals. Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, portrayed the golfing as insensitive to the plight of unemployed Americans.

"I must say I scratch my head at the capacity of the president to take four hours off on such a regular basis to go golfing," Romney said in April during a radio interview. "I would think you could kind of suck it up for four years, particularly when the American people are out of work."

Romney said in May that he wouldn't challenge Obama to a round of golf, but instead would compete in his preferred form of recreation – waterskiing.

Despite Romney's criticism, Obama has joined a long line of presidents who enjoy relaxing on the golf course. According to Martin Davis, editor and publisher of The American Golfer, 15 of the past 17 presidents have been golfers.

During Dwight D. Eisenhower's time in office, the five-star general played 210 rounds at Augusta National, home of the Masters. Woodrow Wilson logged 1,000 rounds during his two terms in office, according to Davis.

John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Gerald Ford were all avid golfers, all playing during their time in the White House.

The two Bush presidents – George H.W. and George W. – are both linked to golfing royalty. George Herbert Walker, the elder President Bush's grandfather, donated the Walker Cup, a trophy awarded to the winner of a biannual amateur team contest.

Both Presidents Bush golfed while in office, though George W. Bush cut back on playing during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan out of a show of respect for U.S. troops.

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soundoff (154 Responses)
  1. !ST SGT

    Obama never knew what golf was until elected President. Now he plays basketball, drinks beer, takes vacations and plays golf a lot while the rest of America burns.

    June 17, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  2. Four more years of THIS?! NO WAY!!

    Add to all the rounds of golf, all the celebrity events, campaign fund raisers, TV show appearances and you have a Slacker-in-Chief, not a Commander in Chief. Obama is as lazy now as he admitted to being in school. All while the country burns, people lose their jobs and homes and the economy tanks yet again.

    November can't get here fast enough. This clown has got to go!

    June 17, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  3. Crazy Harry

    When Romney says this kind of stuff, it really makes you wonder what is rattling around in his empty head.

    June 18, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  4. Emma in Baltimore

    Romney won't challenge Obama to a round of golf ... unless he can wager a $10,000 bet. ... And Romney says Obama is out-of-touch with middle class America?

    June 18, 2012 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  5. enuff

    Golfing actually is a sport that middle class people play. Can't stand the sport my self, but that's personal preference. Other Presidents haven't received half the crap this one has over hitting a stupid little white ball around... including headlines from CNN.

    June 18, 2012 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  6. Phil

    So, at 6 hours per round..he has spent almost a full month of his presidency on the golf course.

    June 18, 2012 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  7. ThinkAgain

    Here come the Obama-haters, saying dumb things ... I'm happy our working President has the good sense to exercise and relax, so he can continue working hard to help our country and her people.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    June 18, 2012 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  8. Thomas

    Who plays more , Obama or Boehner ?

    Enjoy some sport !

    June 18, 2012 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  9. Obama supporter turned Romney supporter

    please pres obama, show us you care and give up such an agressive leisure sport and put in a few extra hours fixing what problems exist. "still gettin mine" isnt what i was hoping from you. i think we give romney a go....

    June 18, 2012 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  10. stoley eisenhower

    I wonder how our president would do at Olympic Club in San Fran, the site of this year's US open. I bet his score would be in the 200's. haha that was a horrendous tournament.

    June 18, 2012 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  11. Tom in San Diego

    Obama treats all Americans as "the little people" to quote another de-throned Narcisist. The only problem is 50% of these blind peasants will follow him off the cliff sacrificing their families and their futures insisting his is the way...It is as sad as the marxist proletariats before them. And even sadder because most young people reading this do not know what a marxist really is or the plight of ancient proletariats if they know who that was either....

    They will learn like millions before them I am afraid, with the dull pain of a bullet tearing through their skin or from the painful sting of the knife...

    June 18, 2012 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  12. TimM

    Good job Mr. President. I don't particularly like his vision for the US, but I'm glad to see that he got a chance to play a round on Fathers Day. I also like the comment about GW laying off the golf out of respect for the troops.

    June 18, 2012 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  13. Marry

    Romney and waterskiing? What a fitting metaphor: Romney standing stiff in the sunshine on a shaking board, pulled by the money and ideas of the 1% over the big sea of the 99%, having fun! But will it safe him from drowning when he sinks in November?

    By the way, playing golf with the GOP can surely not count as “enjoy relaxing on the golf course”!

    June 18, 2012 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  14. Alan

    The $15+ trillion in debt that Obama has brought us to is a more shameful milestone.

    June 18, 2012 03:48 am at 3:48 am |
  15. Hindsight 20/20

    Yeah, Romney is right. The president should spend his time on other things like building car elevators for his home while people are out of work.

    June 18, 2012 04:51 am at 4:51 am |
  16. onlyfacts61

    Suck it up Obama. You aren't allowed to relieve some stress while so many are out of work. I'm sure Romney told his family, "no, we can't go waterskiing" everytime Bain sent hundreds into unemployment.

    June 18, 2012 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  17. sunsudo

    The headline stated " Obama hits mile stone" . For a brief second I thought he did something.

    June 18, 2012 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  18. Jay in NC

    "George W. Bush cut back on playing during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan out of a show of respect for U.S. troops."

    June 18, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  19. King

    these right winged reporters are suggesting to the gullible that all this president does is play gulf, I work and I play about a hundred basketball game for the month, I don't understand if he only play 190 gulf games in 4 years, why is this a issue? the gulf in cheif, people please! these reporters needs to get on these right winged Congress who are holding the nation hostage for political reasons, and stop feeding the gullible raw meat.

    June 18, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  20. bob_lawbla

    Not bad, that's roughly 1 round of golf every 12 days. Perhaps in November he'll get his PGA tour card and he can blame his clubs, his caddie or the other 60 guys on the course when he doesn't win.

    June 18, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  21. Willie12345

    But, think of the caddies that he's employing !!!

    June 18, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  22. Toby McDugan

    No cutting back on playing to show respect by Obama. Count on that.

    June 18, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  23. Get a job Hippies

    Wow i am glad he has gotten in more golf that i have over the past 3.5 years. That is what is important his golf game. must be tough to give amenesty to the illegals and get 100 rounds in all at the same time.

    June 18, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  24. Grady

    i wonder what his score was...

    June 18, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  25. Indy

    Romney said in May that he wouldn't challenge Obama to a round of golf, but instead would compete in his preferred form of recreation – waterskiing.

    Romney is so out of touch he does not realize that a game of golf is common for businessmen and a great way to discuss important issues while getting some fresh air and exercise. Romney knows he can't golf as a mormon so he pulls the bully clause of saying he would challenge Obama to a game of waterskiing, like you play a game when you waterski. Mitts can take his $100,000 boat and go water skiing by himself like a spoiled rich kid that has no friends to play sports with and have four hours of fun by himself.Never trust a President that does not golf.

    June 18, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
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