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Documenting the presidency: Trump’s golf outings

Before becoming president, Donald Trump used Twitter to criticize President Obama for playing golf. He promised voters that he would eschew golf.

But since becoming president, he has made regular trips to his golf clubs.

As of March 26, he had visited his own properties 21 out of 66 days, spending almost a third of his days as president at properties that bear his name.

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And we taxpayers bear the cost.

Yes, George Bush (R) visited his ranch in Texas while he was president. A lot: 77 trips in eight years (490 days). That’s not quite once/month, 61 days/year. Total vacation days:  879.

And Barack Obama (D) visited Hawaii: eight trips in eight years. That’s once/year. Obama’s total vacation time was less than Bush’s trips to Texas: 28 vacations spanning all or part of 217 days.

According to The Washington Post:

No modern president took less vacation than Jimmy Carter (79 days), while Ronald Reagan spent 335 days at his beloved California ranch.

With that in mind, here is a record of Trump’s outings.

Ready, set, go!



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Trump has visited one of his golf clubs 17 times since being
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Day 80, April 9 (Sunday, Florida)



Day 79, April 8 (Saturday, Florida)


Day 73, April 2 (Sunday, Virginia)

Trump has visited one of his golf clubs 15 times in the 10 weeks since he was sworn in as president.

Day 67, April 1 (Saturday, Virginia)

The Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, VA, was vandalized. The course was also vandalized in November after the 2016 presidential election.


Day 66, March 26 (Sunday, Virginia)

Trump has visited a golf course 13 times in the nine weeks since he was sworn in as president.


Day 65, March 25 (Saturday, Virginia)

He then ate dinner at his hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Day 59, March 19 (Saturday, Florida)


Day 58, March 18 (Saturday, Florida)

Day 52, March 12 (Sunday, California)

Activists vandalized Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. They carved a message into the green at hole five; the six-foot-tall letters said: “NO MORE TIGERS. NO MORE WOODS.”

Day 51, March 11 (Saturday, Virginia)

Day 44, March 4 (Saturday, Florida)


Day 37, February 25 (Saturday)

Trump’s first dinner “out” in D.C. took place at his own hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue. The White House reporters who accompany Trump each day, called the pool, were not permitted to enter the hotel. Trump leased the Old Post Office from the federal government. The lease states that no U.S. elected official “shall be admitted to any share or part of this Lease, or to any benefit that may arise therefrom.”

Day 30, February 18 (Saturday, Florida)

Day 29, February 17 (Friday, Trump sons, Dubai)

Day 26, February 14 (Tuesday, Florida)

Day 24, February 12 (Sunday, Florida)

Day 23, February 11 (Saturday, Florida)

Two different clubs today: Trump International in West Palm Beach and Trump National in Jupiter.

Day 22, February 10 (Friday, Florida)

Day 17, February 5 (Sunday, Florida)

Day 16, February 4 (Saturday, Florida)

Day 13, February 1 (Wednesday)

Trump’s Jupiter, FL National Golf Club lost $5.7 million class action lawsuit; 65 members claimed that they had lost access to the club when Trump took over the course. U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Marra awarded the former members their membership deposits plus interest.


Trump Hotel, Washington, DC:  January 3 and January 18, 2017.

Mar-A-Lago resort in Palm Beach, FLChristmas and Thanksgiving ($7 million)

Congress recently appropriated $7 million to reimburse state and local law enforcement agencies for overtime costs associated with protecting Trump before his inauguration. Palm Beach County says the county spent $250,000 for security support for Trump during his four-day visit over Thanksgiving.

Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster, NJ: the weekend following the election
Trump Tower, NYC: post-election through inauguration
Featured image: Eric Trump tweet