The former President has accepted an offer to become an honorary member of the club on the city’s South Side, which will allow him to play its Donald Ross course without having to pay an initiation fee or dues or be charge only when bringing guests. The club is located near where the Obamas maintain a Chicago residence.
Updated Plans for Chicago’s South Side Course Still Raise Concerns
The new design for merging the Jackson Park and South Shore golf courses, reflecting modifications made after initial community input, would add more pedestrian trails and relocate the public pavilion clubhouse. But it would still require closing a major street to vehicle traffic and eliminate parts of an existing nature and butterfly sanctuary. The project would be designed by Tiger Woods’ TGR Design, and a representative of the firm said he’s “never seen [Woods] so excited about a project,”
Public Meeting To Gauge Support for Chicago South Side Golf Project
One of the first public discussions of the $30 million-plus plan to have Tiger Woods design a championship course that has the backing of President Obama and Bandon Dunes owner Mike Keiser is scheduled for January 9th. Community activists are expressing concern over the closed-door nature of the planning to date and whether there will truly be a broad benefit for the sections of the city that have been plagued by unemployment and violence.
Trump Unlikely to Have “Home Course Advantage,” Analysis Shows
The Republican nominee currently trails Hillary Clinton in all six states where he owns golf courses, CBS News reported. Only two of Trump’s 12 U.S. courses are in counties that did not deliver a plurality for Barack Obama in 2012.
Speculation Grows On Obama’s Choice of D.C.-Area Club
The golf-loving President is expected to apply for membership at a club as he leaves office and stays in Washington while his youngest daughter finishes high school. The “smart money” is currently on his joining Woodmont CC in Rockville, Md., observers say, and Woodmont CEO/GM Brian Pizzimenti told one publication, “We’re glad to have offered [Obama] fun and relaxation.”
Golf Industry Slammed For “Shanking” the Obama Years
“The leading golf organizations representing the game in the U.S. completely whiffed on a three-foot putt to promote themselves” and capitalize on the exposure provided by President Obama, who has played 270 rounds on 18 courses in six states during his time in office, a Democratic strategist wrote. But those commenting on the blog posting noted the danger of tying marketing efforts to “the most polarizing figure ever to occupy the White House.”
Army Captains’ Wedding Moved to Accommodate Obama’s Golf Game
The ceremony, planned for the 16th tee box at Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, was moved with less than 24 hours notice so Obama, who had already declined an invitation to attend the wedding, could get in a round. The President later called to apologize and congratulate the couple.
PGA Life Member Charlie Sifford Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom
Sifford, 92, was the first person of color to compete in PGA-sanctioned events following the demise in 1961 of the “Caucasian-only” PGA of America membership clause. He was one of 18 Americans to receive the medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Obama’s Vegas Golf Rounds Run the Course
After playing more than 18 holes with former New York Yankee Derek Jeter at the exclusive Shadow Creek Golf Course, the President made a point of playing Reflection Bay Golf and Beach Club, which reopened three weeks ago after being shut for about five years due to the recession and soaring water prices.
Poor Choices of Words (Theirs, and Others’) Put Michael Jordan, Lindsay Graham and Bruce Jenner in Club-Related News
The basketball star said President Obama’s golf game is in the toilet; the South Carolina Senator and possible Presidential candidate is under fire for a remark about “white men in male-only clubs”; and the Olympic decathlete is reportedly being harassed while trying to play golf at his club.
Golfer Finds President Obama’s Stray Ball
A golfer at Congressional CC spotted a Titleist golf ball emblazoned with “44” and “POTUS” in the woods and posted a photo of the custom ball on Instagram.
Obama Shows Putting Stroke to Public At End of New Year’s Day Round
Some neighborhood residents joined a local TV news crew and other reporters to watch the President finish his round at Mid Pacific Country Club in Kailua on Oahu, Hawaii by just missing a 22-footer and then picking up after a failed backhanded tap-in.
Obama Has Weekend Round at “Caddyshack” Site
The President joined former pro basketball player Alonzo Mourning and two others at the Grande Oaks Golf Club in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the same course where the 1980 cult classic was filmed.
Obama’s Vacation Puts Prime Spotlight on Cape Cod Clubs
Only bad weather has thwarted a round-a-day vacation pace, with Farm Neck GC and Vineyard Golf Club hosting Presidential foursomes.