Fact: Presidents Love Golf

Best presidential golfer? John F. Kennedy, who routinely carded an 80.

Most rounds played while in the White House? Woodrow Wilson takes that badge, having played a whopping more than 1,000 rounds over the course of his two terms.

These and other fascinating presidential golf facts were the subject of a recent CNN article penned by Martin Davis, spawned by Mitt Romney’s criticism that President Barack Obama plays the game too much.

Davis demonstrates that while Obama clearly has a passion for golf, his interest is certainly nothing new in the Oval Office.  In fact, golf obsessiveness is common among Commanders-in-Chief, regardless of party affiliation.  For example, Ike Eisenhower played 210 rounds at Augusta National alone while leading the Free World (!), many with his buddy Arnold Palmer.  The Bush family also has deep roots in the game: the “Walker Cup” is named after George H.W. Bush’s grandfather, George Herbert Walker.

Finally, here in the Tri-State area, we owe a lot of golfing love to FDR, whose public works projects led to the development of the gem that is known as Bethpage State Park.

Lot of other interesting tidbits in Davis’ article, which is absolutely worthy of a quick read.

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