Monday, December 30, 2013

Hawaii: Sam Kass Plays Golf With President Obama For The Fourth Time

Five hours on the greens at the Royal Hawaiian Golf Club...

The President in his motorcade after the game
Honolulu, HI - Let's Move! Executive Director Sam Kass on Monday joined his boss for the fourth time on the links during President Barack Obama's sixth golf game on the tenth day of his island vacation.  

After a pre-dawn workout, the President, clad in a white golf shirt, khaki shorts, and a black baseball cap, arrived with Kass and six other players at 9:10 AM at the members-only Royal Hawaiian Golf Club in Maunawili. 

The game lasted for five hours under sunny skies on the lush tropical course, which locals call 'Jurassic Park.'  The group included other players who have joined the President for his island games: White House aide Marvin Nicholson, Chicago friends Marty Nesbitt and Dr. Eric Whitaker, and Hawaii friends Mike Ramos and Bobby Titcomb, who hosted a barbecue at his home in Waialua for the President and First Family on Saturday.

Chicago friend Andrew Dibble, a newcomer to the President's all-male golf parties on island, was also in the group.  

The President has played the course before.  It is spread over "tumbling terrain framed by ancient jungle trees upwards up of 100 feet tall at the foot of the Ko'olau Mountains," according to the Royal Hawaiian's website.  

"The back nine builds to an exciting finish as it winds through leafy corridors to fast bentgrass greens; players are presented with tantalizing risk-reward scenarios, exemplified by the 386-yard par-four 15th and the 218-yard par-3 16th."

The President, who has a handicap estimated at 16 or 17, played the course, formerly known as Luana Hills, during vacations in 2011 and in 2009.

Since arriving on Oahu on Dec. 20, the President has also teed off at the Kaneohe Klipper course on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, at the Mid-Pacific Country Club, and at the Ko'olau Golf Course.  Kass joined his boss at Ko'olau on Dec. 26th, on Christmas Eve and on the first full day of vacation, on Dec. 21, both on the Kaneohe Klipper course.   He's also played with the President in DC, and during summer vacations on Martha's Vineyard.

Monday's golf game was the President's 46th for 2013 and his 157th game since taking office. 

At 2:35 PM, the President left the Royal Hawaiian in his motorcade, and was back home at his rental compound in Kailua by 2:50 PM. 

At 3:38 PM, President Obama and the First Family arrived at the Makiki Valley Loop Trail in Honolulu for an hour-long hike.  They were joined by a group of unidentified friends.

The busy day ended with a three-hour dinner at Alan Wong's eponymous restaurant in Honolulu. 

The President is scheduled to return to Washington, DC, on Jan. 5th, 2014, and has no public or official events scheduled during his vacation.

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