News & ToursSeptember 11, 2014

Top courses deny President Obama's request to play golf, Donald Trump responds

*This article has been updated since it was originally published on September 10th, 2014. *

President Barack Obama's golf habits have been in the headlines a lot in recent weeks, and that doesn't look like it's going to change anytime soon.

Representatives on behalf of the president reportedly contacted a number of elite golf courses in the Westchester County area -- among them Trump National Golf Club, Winged Foot and Willow Ridge -- hoping to get Obama a tee time over Labor Day weekend. The president had been planning to stay in the area overnight to attend fundraisers and two weddings, but opted only for a day trip after his requests were rebuffed by the clubs, according to a report from NBC 4 New York.

The White House did not respond to NBC 4 New York's request for comment, but the clubs did confirm to the outlet that this wasn't the first time they have denied a sitting president's request to play.

A selection from the article:

Club managers apparently did not want to inconvenience their high-powered and high-paying members over Labor Day weekend by shutting down their courses to accommodate the president.

The sources said the White House advance team was giving the clubs just a day or two notice to fill the president's open Saturday morning in New York. Of several courses contacted in New York and Connecticut, a spokesman for Fairview Country Club in Greenwich said it would have accommodated the president if he had asked. That was the only club that said it would.

Later on September 10th, the same day the original report was published, Donald Trump responded in the most Trump way ever.

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