No matter your political leanings — Republican, Democrat or somewhere else on the spectrum — most golfers can agree the game needs to move faster. Five- and six-hour rounds are just the worst. And that’s why we’ve become big fans of Jeb Bush the Golfer.
As Jeb Bush the Presidential Candidate emerges, the Golfer will have to shed his customary Sunday golf rounds. Rounds with the former Florida governor go by quickly, typically under three hours. That’s mighty fast, and Bush does it by avoiding practice swings and taking very long in between shots. It’s Ultimate Ready Golf, with players given the green light to hit as soon as they get to their ball — including if another ball is already in the air.
“Golf would not be dying if more people played the way we play out here,” Bush said after a recent round, according to a Miami Herald piece that noted Bush played a sudden-death hole to settle the match. “It’s not that hard to do, to be honest with you.”
Jeb takes after his father, 41st president and World Golf Hall of Fame member George H.W. Bush, whose fastest round around his once-typical links at Cape Arundel in Maine was an 84-minute round. That’s unreal.
The likely establishment pick for the Republican nomination in 2016, Bush holds the first tee time each Sunday at the Biltmore in Coral Gables, Fla. With no one in his way, Bush and his group typically finish several holes ahead of the group behind him.
Were Bush to run and ascend to the presidency, he might not be able to play every Sunday — especially given the Right’s backlash to President Barack Obama’s penchant for golf. However, Bush would probably play in half the time, which is the kind of efficiency that is all too rare in Washington, D.C.