Donald Trump has played golf half as often as Barack one-fourth the time
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Donald Trump has played golf half as often as Barack Obama…in one-fourth the time

President Donald Trump played golf on Nov. 25, 2018, at his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., marking the 167th time Trump has visited a golf course as President.

So far, Trump has made 166 visits to one of his 17 owned-or-operated golf clubs and played one round of golf in Japan with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Trump's golf count of 167 days at a golf course means he is more than halfway to the number of rounds former President Barack Obama 8 years in office. Unofficial presidential historian and CBS News reporter Mark Knoller kept unofficial track of how often Obama played golf, coming up with a total figure of 333 rounds in his two full terms in office.

Trump became President on Jan. 20, 2017, meaning Trump has reached the halfway mark of Obama's 333 rounds in less than two years as Commander-in-Chief.

Trump would be on pace to play somewhere in the area of 720 times were he to serve two full 4-year terms in office. The unofficial record for the most golf rounds in office by a President belongs to Woodrow Wilson, who is estimated to have played golf more than 1,200 times from 1913-1921.

While being President is a stressful job and any Commander-in-Chief is certainly entitled to leisure time to decompress, candidate Donald Trump was particularly critical of how often Obama played golf.

"Can you believe that, with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf. Worse than Carter,” Trump said in 2014.

He added at a Virginia event in August 2016, "I'm going to be working for you, I'm not going to have time to go play golf."

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