Fore! Now that the government shutdown has passed, President Barack Obama returned to the golf course for his 35th golf outing of the year on Sunday, according to The Hill. Obama’s golf visit to Fort Belvoir in Virginia is his first since Sept. 28 of this year. He made his return to the sport at the same golf course where he left off some three weeks ago.
Being Obama’s 35th golf outing this year, he has reportedly set a new record for himself regarding the number of golf outings he’s had annually as president. Last year, Obama played 19 rounds of golf. In 2011, he hit the links 34 times. In 2010, he was out on the greens 30 times. Looking back at 2009, he golfed 28 times. One can logically say that the president’s decrease in the number of golf outings in 2013 – last year – was due to it being an election year and he had lots of campaigning to do.
Doing the math, Sunday is Obama’s 147th golf outing of his presidency.
During the milestone golf outing on Sunday, the president was accompanied by aides Mike Brush and Marvin Nicholson as well as a White House chef, Sam Kass.
Besides being absent from the golf course during the government shutdown, Obama skipped an eight-day trip to a trade summit in Asia as well as his usual wedding anniversary dinner with First Lady Michelle Obama at a local Washington, D.C.-area restaurant. For those counting the anniversaries, it was number 21 for Obama and his wife.