Friday, January 16, 2009

Presidential Golf

President Barack Obama could be at least the sixth president to play golf on the Monterey Peninsula. Golf may be secondary to basketball in the president's personal schedule, but he has told reporters he'd like to play all the best golf courses in the country, including Pebble Beach. If that happens, he would be at least the fifth president to play Pebble. President Dwight Eisenhower was here in 1956 to play Cypress Point, of course, but it was the more famous – and public -- Pebble Beach Links that drew President George H.W. Bush, his son George W. Bush, Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton to the Peninsula tees. The senior Bush played at least one AT&T Pro-Am after he left the White House, and Ford played at least one of the AT&T's forerunners, The Crosby. George W. Bush played Pebble while he was president, though his presence a few years ago was hushed. And Bill Clinton played the course at least twice while president, twice since.

Image: Obama playing golf from Time Inc.

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