Donald Trump paid a July 14 visit to Trump Turnberry resort in Scotland for a two-day stopover before heading to Helsinki, Finland, to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The visit marked the 126th 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. This is his 127th visit to any golf course as President.
Trump arrived at his money-losing Scotland resort on Friday night for a Saturday round (and one likely on Sunday), playing golf on the grounds of the multi-time home to the British Open Championship. The R&A, which puts on the British Open, the game’s oldest championship, has not announced future plans to bring the Open to the famed Ailsa course since it last hosted in 2009.
This is the first time Trump has visited his Turnberry resort since he became President, and, according to Politico, Trump has been longing since his election to head to Scotland to check in on one of his biggest investments. (Trump National Doral is arguably the biggest.) He spent time on Friday night mugging with resort guests, akin to how he’s done with private club members at Mar-a-Lago and his Florida, New Jersey and Virginia golf clubs when he goes there. Trump played golf with his son Eric on Saturday.
The White House doesn’t typically acknowledge Trump was even playing golf. That is commonplace policy, particularly when Trump isn’t playing with celebrities or pro golfers or doesn’t have something to flaunt. Typically, the White House press pool indicates when Trump arrives at his golf clubs, then they are held in a holding location until Trump is done and moves to his next location.
All but one round of golf has been at his clubs, playing once in Japan in Nov. 2017 with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and Japanese star pro Hideki Matsuyama.
So far, Trump has been on the golf course or his clubs during some portion of the day for 21.2 percent of his presidency. He ended 2017 with 91 golf course visits and was just shy of 100 visits in Year 1 as President.
The Trump Administration, per typical 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.