The Loop

The Loop

A visual history of presidential golf style through the years

February 15, 2021

Not two American presidents have been the same. Not in policy. Not in personality. Not in popularity. The one thread that unites nearly every Commander in Chief since the dawn of the 20th century, however, is a little game called golf. Sure, not all of them were single-digit handicappers. Some didn’t even like it all that much. But when there was a deal to be done or a few precious, unbooked hours in the schedule, they could be found slapping it around the local track. In that spirit, grab the sticks and join us for a look back at the evolution of presidential golf style over the years. As John F. Kennedy once famously said, the only thing to fear is Madras itself . . . or something like that.

Warren Harding: 1921 - 1923

Underwood Archives

Dwight Eisenhower: 1953 - 1961

Bettmann

John F. Kennedy: 1961 - 1963

Bettmann

Richard Nixon: 1969 - 1974

Bettmann

Ronald Reagan: 1981 - 1989

Bettmann

George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush: 1989 - 1993, 2001 - 2009

Brooks Kraft

Bill Clinton: 1993 - 2001

STEPHEN JAFFE

Barack Obama: 2009 - 2017

Robert Perry

Donald Trump: 2017 - 2020

Ian MacNicol

Joe Biden: 2021 -

MANDEL NGAN