Thursday, February 28, 2013

Obama-golf_300Tiger Woods and President Obama recently enjoyed a round at the Floridian, an upscale course in Palm City, Fla.
And it was costly.
Members of the course pay a $50,000 initiation fee and $15,000 in annual dues, according to Melissa Holsman of TCPalm.com. An hour with swing coach Butch Harmon at his on-site learning center sets you back another $3,000. But that total still falls short of what it cost just to protect the President while he enjoyed his eighteen holes with the world's No. 2 player.
The total bill for local law enforcement during the golf getaway was $78,205, according to WPTV.com. St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office sourced the majority of the work with over 100 officers manning access gates and sixteen holes on the course.

Eighty-two deputies and a civilian vehicle maintenance employee worked at
various times at a cost of $58,452.21 in salaries, sheriff’s officials
said. St. Lucie County deputies handled security issues for 16 golf
holes and access gates.
About 30 Martin deputies worked
throughout the golf outing, at a salary cost of $17,452.92, with a
majority going to overtime pay.
Port St. Lucie police spent
$2,300 for a sergeant and six officers, with the bulk of the cost for
overtime. Port St. Lucie officers provided traffic control for the
presidential motorcade from Florida’s Turnpike on Becker Road to Gilson
Road.
"We don't resent doing this," Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said. "This is part of what we do. He's the president of the United States of America. It was our obligation to provide the security necessary for the president of the United States."


Bob Harig of ESPN.com noted
"It's not that easy," he said. "There's nowhere to hit it from up there. The fairways get narrower and the holes bend."
last Sunday against world No. 1 Rory McIlroy. (Photo: President Obama on a golf course in Hawaii on Dec. 31, 2009. Chris Carlson/AP)

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