In addition to wayward tee shots, three putts and the occasional battle with the shanks, President Obama the golfer has another thing in common with us fellow hackers: He can’t get a tee time on the country’s most exclusive courses.
NBC 4 New York reports that Obama was unable to land Labor Day weekend tee times at a number of exclusive courses in the New York metropolitan area, including Winged Foot GC in Mamaroneck, N.Y., Trump National GC in Bedminster, N.J., and Willow Ridge CC in Harrison, N.Y.
Willow Ridge club officials declined to comment to Golf.com on the reported snub. Winged Foot and Trump National have not returned calls for comment.
The president was in town for fund-raising events and planned to spend the night of Friday, Aug. 29, in Westchester County, with hopes of playing golf Saturday morning before attending the wedding of Alex Wagner, an MSNBC host, and White House chef Sam Kass.
Unnamed sources told NBC 4 New York that Obama’s advance team called several clubs in the area — including Winged Foot, Trump National and Willow Ridge — a few days ahead of time. The clubs turned down the request, not wanting to inconvenience their members on one of the busiest weekends of the year with the fanfare that surrounds a presidential visit.
The White House announced Aug. 28 that, rather than spend Friday evening in New York, the president would take a late flight back to Washington D.C. Press secretary Josh Earnest added that Obama would do some work at home and spend time with his family before flying back to New York for the wedding on Saturday evening.
In the last few weeks, President Obama has taken increased criticism for the amount of time he spends playing golf. While vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard in August, Obama played golf at the Vineyard Golf Club shortly after addressing the nation following the murder of American journalist James Foley.