He may not have been a regular player, but Reagan might have made the first putt on Air Force One. Photo: Ronald Reagan hits his tee shot on the first hole of Los Angeles Country Club on June 8, 1976.
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9. Richard M. Nixon
"[Redacted]." — Sports Illustrated senior writer Cameron Morfit. Photo: President Nixon plays golf with Attorney General John Mitchell at Los Angeles Country Club on Aug. 23, 1969. Mitchell later served nine months in prison for his role in the Watergate break-in.
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8. George W. Bush
"I have to credit him for giving up golf while the war in Middle East was on. He thought it was a bad look for him to be playing golf while our military was overseas." —Sports Illustrated senior writer Gary Van Sickle. Photo: President Bush celebrates his 56th birthday with a round of golf at the Cape Arundel Golf Club in Kennebunkport, Maine, on July 6, 2002.
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7. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The FDR museum in Hyde Park, N.Y., which hosts FDR's clubs, tells the story of a passionate golfer before contracting polio at age 39. Photo: Roosevelt stands with his golf clubs at Campobello Island, Canada, August 1899.
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6. Gerald Ford
"Had to like his good nature and ability to take a ribbing about being an awful golfer. Without Ford, Bob Hope would've lost 20 percent of his joke file." —Van Sickle. Photo: President Ford tees off at Mackinac Island in Michigan on July 13, 1975.
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5. Barack Obama
"I love that he plays, and that he had Rory McIlroy to the White House. He needs to be less bashful about his love of the game." —Morfit. Photo: President Obama reads a putt at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on Aug. 23, 2011.
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4. John F. Kennedy
"JFK is probably underrated as a golfing president because, at the time, he kept it secret because playing golf wasn't a good look for a Democrat. It reeked too much of exclusive big money, country club Republicans." —Van Sickle. Photo: President Kennedy plays in Hyannisport, Mass., on Aug. 2, 1963, less than four months before he was assassinated.
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3. Bill Clinton
"What he's done to rescue the Hope from oblivion counts for a lot, and the guy was an unapologetic golf nut before, during and after his presidency." —Morfit. Photo: President Clinton enjoys a round at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on Sept. 3, 1997.
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2. George H.W. Bush
"Bush Sr. was not only a pretty good golfer, he was the fastest presidential golfer ever, maybe the fastest golfer ever. Just what the country needed to encourage faster play." —Van Sickle. Photo: Bush uses a long putter during a round at Cape Arundel Golf Club in Kennebunkport, Maine, on July 1, 1989.
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1. Dwight D. Eisenhower
"Ike loosened up in his White House bedroom every morning with an 8-iron, hit balls on the White House lawn every day at 5 p.m., played 800 times in eight years as president and has a tree named after him at Augusta National. The man was serious about his golf." —Charlie Hanger (source: "Ike's Bluff", by Evan Thomas) Photo: Eisenhower shares a laugh with Arnold Palmer at the Gettysburg Country Club on Sept. 9, 1960.
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