Seeing as today is President’s Day, it only make sense the CLICKON Golf zeroes in on… presidents who golf. Of course. There will obviously be some mention of Barack Obama, who’s been making himself one of the most notable presences on a golf course outside of the PGA Tour. We’ll let the stats speak for themselves here.
Obama Year In Review: Golf: 55 rounds (including today) at 18 courses in 6 states. (269 rounds since taking office.)
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) December 31, 2015
Before you all get outraged over a president who spends more time on Pebble Beach than in the White House, take note that his golf session count is actually on the low side of things, especially if golfing is his main stress relief outlet. When you really add up all the days he spends golfing over the course of his career, the lofty-sounding 269 rounds only amount to once every 10 days If you really want to click your tongue in disapproval (or admire their sheer brazenness), have a look at Woodrow Wilson and Dwight D. Eisenhower. According to NPR, both presidents played an obscene amount of golf while in office. Guess which one played the most between the two?
Woodrow Wilson (!!!)
“The title falls to Woodrow Wilson, who reportedly played about 1,200 rounds during his presidency. Dwight Eisenhower is the runner-up at 800, according to his memorial commission.”
Pretty amazing, since Wilson was the president known for getting the country through World War 1. Plus, he apparently spent less than 3,000 days in the White House alone, which makes us feel that all that battling was taking an unimaginable toll on him. Eisenhower had less trying circumstances to deal with, but was extremely protective of his handicap. He was once known to have said, “If I don’t improve, I’m going to pass a law that no one can ask me my golf score.” Well, we can’t promise we wouldn’t do the same if we were president.
We have to say that our clear winner is none of these three. It’s a president who lead the country through the chill of the Cold War, became the first to openly challenge the CIA and marry the most stylish First Lady that ever graced the White House. He’s also known as the very best golfer the Oval Office had to offer, despite suffering from debilitating back pain. We are waxing lyrical about none other than John Fitzgerald Kennedy himself. And quite importantly, he made sure he looked damn good while juggling all those hats. Don’t believe us? Check him out in these sizzling pink pants. Rawr.