Golf has long been the pastime of presidents.
Sixteen of the last 19 U.S. Presidents have played golf. Some more than others.
Barack Obama 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.
Maybe that record is in jeopardy now (just a little joke, y’all). In any event, if it is, it’s not likely to be broken here:
I’d bet the horrible look of Pinehurst translates into poor television ratings. This is not what golf is about!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2014
That’s OK. We can agree to disagree. And, more room for our guests, then.
It’s been a little while since a President has been in Pinehurst to play. Obama visited Pinehurst while on the campaign trail in 2008, but didn’t hit the links.
And while he’s mostly retired, legendary Pinehurst caddie Willie McRae still takes special requests, and McRae has the experience. He’s carried bags for four presidents: Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower.
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.”