Which U.S. President has played the most rounds of golf in office?
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Which U.S. President has played the most rounds of golf in office?



There has been a lot of talk over the last eight-plus years about U.S. Presidents and how often they play golf while living in the White House. Since Donald J. Trump became the 45th President of the United States, Trump's penchant for spending weekends at his golf courses has both Democrats and Republicans arguing which Commander-in-Chief has played more golf and if that's even a big deal or not.

As it turns out, Donald Trump has played more golf in his first 100 days in office than Barack Obama. However, Obama played an estimated 333 rounds of golf while President for eight years.

Obviously Trump hasn't been in office long enough to rack up a historically high number of rounds of golf as President, but where does Obama rank among his fellow U.S. Presidents in terms of which one has played the most golf?



The U.S. President who played the most golf is actually Woodrow Wilson, who played an estimated, 1,200 rounds of golf while in office from 1913-21. That beats second-place President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who had a tree named for him at Augusta National Golf Club where he was a member and went 29 times as Commander-in-Chief, who played more than 800 rounds of golf in office from 1953-61.

Obama comes in a healthy fourth place with his 333 rounds. Bill Clinton played an estimated 400 rounds of golf in the White House.

Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush, stopped played golf once the second Iraq war started, totaling a total of 24 rounds of golf.

Most of the U.S. Presidents dating back to William Howard Taft have played golf in some capacity, for some reason. Calvin Coolidge played because golf was becoming popular. Lyndon Johnson played golf because he realized it was a great way to court political conversation and favors.

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