Joe Biden says first golf as president remains intact

President Joe Biden spent Saturday afternoon on the first golf outing of his presidency, playing at the Wilmington Country Club near his Delaware home.

Speaking to reporters after his round, Biden said “the course record is still intact.”

The president golfed with White House counselor Steve Ricketti and Ron Oliver, the father of Hailey, widow of his late son, Bue Biden, the White House said.

Biden was rated one of Washington’s best golfers a few years ago, playing the one-digit barrier, but took a break during his 2020 campaign for the White House.

Like his most recent predecessors, Biden is an avid golfer. Donald Trump played hundreds of rounds in his own clubs in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia, while Barack Obama often played courses during the Christmas holidays at military bases in the Washington area and Hawaii.

Several other presidents have also held office, from William Howard Taft to George W. Bush.

While he was vice president, Biden played occasionally with Obama, including a 2011 roundup with two Republicans, then-House Speaker John Bohner and Ohio Governor John Kasich.

Kasich turned the experience into a punchline during a speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention.

“Joe Biden told me he is a good golfer and I can tell you that’s not true, as well as all the other things he says,” Cassich said.

Biden is reported to have a membership at Fieldstone Golf Club, which he lists as his home course, and Willington, a 36-hole facility that hosts several national amateur championships. Both are just a few miles from their home.

Of course, busy with people playing and practicing, was visible to reporters when Biden’s motorcycle pulled over. His visit was not announced in advance, and club members were seen filming the event on mobile phones.

In 2014, Biden joked with then Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny that his game was affected by being in presidential politics. “I don’t know about you, but if you want to put your handicap in golf, don’t run for president,” Biden said. “So when we play I expect a stroke.”

In 2011, Golf Digest ranked Biden the 29th best golfer in Washington with 6 handicaps. Biden received 6.7 odds in the US Golf Association’s GHIN database in 2018 when his most recent score was posted.

Biden, 78, had a leg fracture in November while playing with one of his two dogs, Major, although by February his doctor said it was completely healed. He is expected to return to Washington on Sunday night.

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