Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer and President Gerald Ford played golf during the World Golf Hall of Fame Tournament on Sept. 11, 1974. (Photo from National Archives)
Golf has long been the pastime of presidents.
LINKS Magazine reports 15 of the last 18 U.S. Presidents have played golf.
President Barack Obama has played more than 200 rounds of golf since he took office in 2009.
While that may sound like a lot, Obama will never catch up to Woodrow Wilson, who reportedly played 1,200 rounds during his presidency.
Obama visited Pinehurst while on the campaign trail in 2008, but he didn’t get a chance to play.
Mr. President, don’t you think it’s time to come back and play Pinehurst No. 2? We’ll set you up with caddie Willie McRae.
He’s carried bags for four presidents: Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower.
Richard Nixon played golf in Pinehurst in 1964 before taking office. (Photo from Tufts Archives)
McRae told the Associated Press that Nixon is the best player of the group, but he enjoyed them all.
“I mean, you’re caddying for somebody who is the head of the United States,” McRae told the AP. “There ain’t but one man ahead of him, and that’s God.”
Here’s a look back at some of Pinehurst’s presidential visits.
President Theodore Roosevelt visited Pinehurst twice: after leaving office in 1909 and before running again in 1912, according to Audrey Moriarty’s book “Pinehurst: Golf, History and the Good Life.”
Theodore Roosevelt has visited Pinehurst twice. (Photo from Tufts Archives)
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