Donald Trump is spending his post-Bastille Day weekend at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., marking the 38th and 39th times the 45th President has visited one of his 17 golf clubs (and presumably played some golf) since becoming President on Jan. 20, 2017.
Trump had paid his 37th visit to a Trump-owned golf course on July 9 to play at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va.
These days on his golf course are different than any other he has spent so far — and frankly any other prior president has done in American history. Trump is spending the weekend at his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., which is hosting the U.S. Women’s Open. Typically, when he goes to New Jersey, he spends the weekend on the property, playing golf on the 36 holes on the property, which will also host the 2022 PGA Championship. No American president has ever owned the golf course on which a major golf championship was played.
— Beth Ann Nichols (@GolfweekNichols) July 14, 2017
So far, Trump has been on the golf course or his clubs during some portion of the day for 22 percent of his presidency.
The Trump Administration, per policy, does not acknowledge that Trump is playing even a hole of golf, much less an 18-hole round. However, if he’s going to the golf club for about 4-5 hours, you can be pretty sure he’s playing golf.
The President is certainly entitled to some leisure time, and golf has been an outlet for most Commanders-in-Chief dating back to the early 20th century. However, the reluctance to even acknowledge that this President plays golf conflicts with his almost relentless criticism of his predecessor, Barack Obama, who played an estimated 333 rounds of golf as President.