Elite New York Golf Courses Reject Barry O. From Playing A Round

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Here’s a shocker: Obama wanted to play some golf on Labor Day weekend. While in New York for fundraising events and a wedding, Obama decided to take a little time to squeeze in a round of slicing balls into trees. However, some of Westchester’s top golf courses rejected the president the opportunity to shoot a 110.

From NBC:

The Trump National Golf Club, the Winged Foot and Willow Ridge were among some of the elite courses that rebuffed the president’s request to tee off there, according to several sources who were told about the president’s advance team’s calls to the club managers.

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.

Since each club was only given a day or two of notice and the costs of memberships at these clubs are high, I can see the reasoning behind the rejection. A lot of people wanted to golf on Labor Day weekend, and those folks pay good money to be members of their clubs. However, we’re talking about the president of the United States of America, the leader of the free world. You have to give this man free reign of any course in America, save Augusta National.

President Obama could have made the short plane ride to Connecticut to get in his round:

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.

Fairview Country Club must be a muni in the president’s eyes.

[via NBC]

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