What’s a pandemic birthday extravaganza without plenty of time spent on the golf course and in the water?
Earlier on Saturday, former President Obama and his friends hit the links once more, just hours before his lavish and contentious 60th birthday party on Martha’s Vineyard.
Obama spent the majority of his time on the golf course at two military installations: Joint Base Andrews (home of Andrews Air Force Base) and Fort Belvoir. As is obvious from the name, Andrews is located in Maryland, close to the nation’s capital. In addition, Belvoir is in Virginia, which is also close by. He also went for a few rounds while on vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, primarily at Farm Neck and Vineyard.
Several rounds were played in California, Florida, and at least one in the Chicago area, according to my records. It is possible that he has made rounds in other locations as well, but this represents the vast majority of his mainland American trips.
Obama, who appeared to be in great shape, arrived at the private wooded Vineyard Golf Club on Saturday morning with his Secret Service entourage, actor Don Cheadle, and at least 20 other friends. They participated in a round of golf (eighteen holes).
It was reported in The Washington Post that the couple was “walking around the golf course looking very happy and relaxed.”
He was officially recorded as having played 306 rounds, but there have been rumors that he may have played as many as 330 rounds. 186 of the 306 locations were military installations, according to the report.
While those courses may not have been as prestigious as some of the private clubs to which he might have been invited, they were – a) close to the capital, making air travel unnecessary, and/or b) located in areas where security concerns were lessened because they were military installations. On Martha’s Vineyard, there were another 48 rounds.
The club is located in a secluded, heavily wooded area, not far from the airport, and is easily accessible. Refreshments had been set up under a small outdoor tent near the clubhouse for guests to enjoy.
“They appeared to be in good spirits,” according to the source.
The club, which was designed by Donald Steel’s design company in 2002, has long been President Barack Obama’s preferred golfing destination on the Vineyard.