Trump spent $50K on golf simulator for White House — WAPO


Within the last few weeks, President Donald Trump had a room-sized "golf simulator" game installed at the White House, the Washington Post reports.

An unnamed White House official told the Post that Trump personally paid for the new system and installation costs, but said the president hasn't used the system during his so-called executive time or at all since it was put in. As the Post notes, Trump isn't the first president to bring his preferred hobby to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: Eisenhower installed a putting green; Nixon, a bowling alley; and Obama, a basketball court in addition to the older simulator.

Trump also appears to play more physical golf than Obama did, averaging 70 games a year to Obama's 38, according to Golf Digest.

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Before he became President himself, Trump frequently complained that Obama golfed too much during his term.

Nevertheless, the Post spent the rest of the article talking about Trump playing golf.

A likely manufacturer for the new White House simulator would be TrackMan. President Gerald Ford had an outdoor swimming pool installed. Bill Clinton moved putting green to its current location and had it designed by golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr, according to the White House Museum.