Trump installed a room-sized golf simulator at White House

Aubrey Yates
February 14, 2019

President Trump has installed a room-sized golfing simulator inside his personal quarters at the White House, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday. Perks of the office!

Simulators feature options that allow golfers to play at various courses worldwide. The simulator, installed in the last few weeks at a cost of $50,000, replaces an earlier model installed during the Obama administration. The president has not used the simulator since its installation, one source told The Post.

During his pre-presidential days, Trump criticized Obama for playing golf rather than leading the nation, but analyses by the Post and Golf Digest indicate that Trump has played far more golf than Obama, averaging an estimated 70 rounds a year to Obama's 38.

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However, Trump has spent significantly more of his time as President golfing than Obama. President Dwight Eisenhower had the first White House putting green installed in 1954 with financial help from the USGA and private donors.

According to a White House official, that's exactly the situation Trump finds himself in. 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.

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