31 May '11, 12am

@WAMGolfs @Golf4Beginners @stephaniewei interesting article on Golf.com on history of #WhiteHouse putting green #golf

I've always been around the political scene - I'm friends with President Clinton, and my father played golf with Eisenhower. Ike had a putting green put in at the White House in the 1950s, but it was removed in the 1970s. In 1995, I was at the White House on a diplomatic matter, and I hear, "The President wants to see you." Mr. Clinton wanted a new putting green. We discussed where to put it. "This location?" "No, that's where the helicopter lands." We found a spot about 30 paces from the Oval Office, under the shade of the Hoover Oak, which President Hoover installed. It's not a large green - about 2,000 square feet, slightly crowned. It's just a short walk, so Clinton would putt to clear his mind between negotiations, during the Bosnian crisis, or after the Oklahoma City bombing. Oklahoma City consumed him. I've putted with him on the green. He'd just chit-chat, or talk ...

Full article: http://www.golf.com/golf/tours_news/article/0,28136,20724...

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