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TheDailyBeast: Presidential Golfing Style

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Elected president in 1952, Eisenhower ushered in a new era for the nation and the game of golf. After winning the election, Eisenhower took a vacation in Augusta, Georgia, where he fell in love with the now historic Augusta National golf course. He befriended some of the great golfing legends of his time, including Ben Hogan and Arnold Palmer. Eisenhower played some 800 rounds of golf during his two terms in office and visited Augusta 29 times, but he never made it to the Masters. He preferred to keep a low profile and would instead visit on the Monday after the tournament to play with the champions. Eisenhower was one of the first presidents to bring political issues onto the green and often invited members of Congress out for a round at Burning Tree and Cherry Hills club near the nation’s capital. He once told The Washington Post, “Those who golf or visit with the president in Augusta or at Burning Tree Club in Washington can vitally influence national policy.” Eisenhower didn’t always wear the most practical golfing attire: During one round with Palmer, he sported a military-style belt with metal buckles that got in the way of his swing. “Bless him, like the good soldier he was, in his determination to keep that right wing tucked as ordered, he’d actually rubbed the skin off his arm and was bleeding,” said Palmer, who had given the president some tips on his stroke. When I pointed it out to him, he acted as if it were nothing but a scratch...”

(AP Photo/Paul Vathis, File)
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