Donald Trump woke up at his Trump National Golf Club in in Bedminster, N.J. on Oct. 1, as his is spending the weekend there before he makes a likely Sunday appearance at the 2017 Presidents Cup. His Sunday morning on the grounds of the 36-hole club will mark the 68th time the 45th President has visited one of his 17 golf clubs (and, for most of them, presumably played some golf) since becoming President on Jan. 20, 2017.
The Presidents Cup is played at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., which is approximately a 45-minute drive from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. Marine One was seen performing a practice run to get the Commander-in-Chief to the private club on Sunday, and it would transport Trump, likely to the club’s helipad.
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. Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden has asked the White House to provide the names of Trump’s golf partners, as well for his clubs to provide visitor logs to get a sense of when Trump has played golf and with whom.
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.