September 15, 2023

Which President Played The Most Golf

Hey there, golf enthusiasts and history buffs! Ever wondered which U.S. Presidents could seriously challenge you on the golf course?

Well, you’re in for a treat today! We’re diving deep into the fascinating world of Presidents who loved to tee off. And trust me, some of these guys were no slouches!

Early Presidents and Their Love for Stick-and-Ball Games 🏑

The Founding Fathers’ Version of Golf

Before we jump into the modern-day Presidents, let’s take a quick trip down memory lane. Although golf as we know it wasn’t around, some of our early Presidents enjoyed similar stick-and-ball games. George Washington, for instance, played a game called “long bullets,” which involved hitting a ball with a long stick. Thomas Jefferson was also a fan of a similar game called “wickets.” So, while they weren’t exactly hitting the links, they were definitely into some golf-like action.

Modern Presidents: From Taft to Biden 🏌️‍♂️

The 20th Century: Golf Takes the White House by Storm

Fast forward to the 20th century, and golf started becoming a presidential pastime. William Howard Taft was the first modern President to take up golf. He was a big guy and found traditional exercise challenging, so golf became his go-to for staying active.

Eisenhower’s Putting Green and Kennedy’s Hyannisport Rounds

Dwight D. Eisenhower was so into golf that he had a putting green installed on the White House lawn. Talk about commitment! John F. Kennedy was another fan, often playing at the Hyannisport Club in Massachusetts.

The Record Holder: Woodrow Wilson

But the title for the most golf played by a sitting President goes to Woodrow Wilson. He played over 1,200 rounds during his presidency! He even braved the winter chill to play, which was pretty unusual for the time.

Recent Presidents: Obama, Trump, and Biden

In more recent years, Barack Obama and Donald Trump have also been known to enjoy a round or two. Obama even had a putting green installed, following in Eisenhower’s footsteps. Trump, a business mogul with golf resorts, naturally played quite a bit during his time in office.

What About Biden?

Ah, good question! As of now, Joe Biden doesn’t seem to be hitting the golf course as much as his predecessors. I suppose he’s too busy napping….

Golfing Presidents Ranked 🏆

The Top 5 Golfing Presidents

  1. Woodrow Wilson: The undisputed king of presidential golfers, with over 1,200 rounds.
  2. Dwight D. Eisenhower: A close second, with over 800 rounds and his own White House putting green.
  3. John F. Kennedy: A skilled golfer who played since childhood.
  4. George H.W. Bush: Over 500 rounds and even played with Arnold Palmer.
  5. Barack Obama: Known for playing frequently (over 300 rounds), although some might argue he should’ve spent less time on the course and more time in the office. In fact, Time Magazine once labeled him the worst president since World War II. (Wonder how those rankings have shifted with Biden now in the mix?)

Conclusion: The Legacy of Golf and the Presidency ⛳

So there you have it, folks! Woodrow Wilson takes the cake for being the most avid golfer to ever sit in the Oval Office. But he’s far from the only one. From Eisenhower’s putting green to Obama’s frequent rounds, golf has been a beloved pastime for many U.S. Presidents. Whether future Presidents will break Wilson’s record is anyone’s guess, but one thing’s for sure: golf isn’t leaving the White House anytime soon.

So, who’s up for a round of golf? Maybe you’ll be the next President to make it onto this list! 🏌️‍♀️🏌️‍♂️

Frequently Asked Questions

Which US President played the most golf?

Woodrow Wilson is widely regarded as the US President who played the most golf. During his time in office from 1913 to 1921, he played over 1,200 rounds of golf, which is more than any other President in history.

What is the history of golf among US Presidents?

Golf has a long and storied history among US Presidents. The sport was first introduced to the White House by William Howard Taft in 1909. Since then, many Presidents have enjoyed playing golf as a way to relax and stay active.

How many US Presidents played golf?

More than half of all US Presidents have played golf. While some were avid golfers who played frequently, others only played occasionally or not at all.

Which US Presidents did not play golf?

Some US Presidents did not play golf at all. For example, Harry S. Truman famously said that he did not have time for golf because he was too busy being President.

Where do US Presidents typically play golf?

US Presidents typically play golf at courses near the White House or at private clubs. Some of the most popular courses for Presidential golf include Andrews Air Force Base, Congressional Country Club, and the Trump National Golf Club.

Why do US Presidents play golf frequently?

US Presidents play golf frequently for a variety of reasons. Some see it as a way to stay active and relieve stress, while others view it as a way to build relationships with other world leaders and politicians. Regardless of the reason, golf has become an important part of the Presidential tradition.

About the author 

Linda Parker

My name is Linda Parker, I’ve been around golf since I was born, and I’ve been golfing since I was four years old!

I’m here to share my love of the game with you, so please do let me know if you have any questions!

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