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Trump Went Golfing Every Weekend In October

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President Donald Trump has had a busy month, hitting the links every weekend in October, mostly at his own golf course in Virginia. 

The president's passion for golf hasn't waned since his election. Trump has spent 76 days golfing since his election, according to NBC News' tracker. Out of his 283 days in office, 96 days have been spent at a Trump property.

October saw the president visit the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia four times, occasionally with other lawmakers. 

Over Columbus Day weekend, Trump visited the club with Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, according to ABC News. The pair golfed together at the Virginia club again on Oct. 14. On Oct. 15, Trump took to the course with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. 

Trump went golfing solo on Oct. 21 and again on Oct. 28. 

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The only time Trump didn't visit his Virginia course was on Oct. 1, when he attended the Presidents Cup tournament at Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey, according to the Daily Mail. 

While at the tournament, Trump presented the winning U.S. golf team with the Presidents Cup. 

Trump has previously been extremely critical of former President Barack Obama's affinity for golf, and said on the campaign trail that if elected, he would be too busy to play golf. 

"I love golf," Trump said during a campaign event, according to CNN. "But if I were in the White House, I don't think I'd ever see Turnberry. I'd just want to stay in the White House and work my a*s off."

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Turnberry is the location of Trump's golf course in Scotland. 

At this point in his own presidency, Obama had golfed 22 times. Trump has golfed 29 times as of Oct. 10, according to PolitiFact. 

Politico reports that Trump was able to use golf to develop a relationship with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, but has had little success using the same tactic with members of Congress.  

This is partly because Trump, a skilled golfer, doesn't enjoy playing with weak competition. 

"It's almost that he's too good. You can't see him driving through the rough helping someone find their ball," Mike Sommers, a former chief of staff for former House Speaker John Boehner, told Politico.

Boehner, who retired in 2015, was the last member of congressional leadership who golfed at Trump's level. 

Chris Ruddy, CEO of the conservative website Newsmax, told Politico Trump doesn't like to be slowed down by beginners on the course. 

"He doesn't enjoy playing with real amateurs. He likes to move around quick. Someone who isn't great is slower," Ruddy said. 

Sources: Daily Mail, CNN via YouTube, ABC News, NBC News, Politico, PolitiFact / Featured Image: John Murphy/Flickr / Embedded Images: Pexels (2)

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