President Trump is the 16th of the past 19 US presidents to play golf. And immediately upon entering into office Trump became the best player in the group.
Trump has a current 2.8 Handicap Index and an astonishing 19 club championship victories.
According to Jaime Diaz from golfdigest.com, who twice played golf with Trump in recent years, the best part of his game is his ball-striking, although Donald Trump himself says it’s his putting.
President Trump knocked John F. Kennedy from the No. 1 spot in the previous ranking of the best golf presidents.
Here’s how the golf digest ranking shakes out, with an assist from Don Van Natta Jr., author of the book, First Off the Tee: Presidential Hackers, Duffers, and Cheaters from Taft to Bush.
- Donald Trump
Known for his bombastic statements, his boast of winning 19 club championships isn’t one of them
- John F. Kennedy
Despite chronic back pain, averaged 80
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
Installed a green outside the Oval Office; member at Augusta National
- Gerald R. Ford
Despite a clumsy image, a legitimate 80s-shooter
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
At 39, polio robbed him of a powerful golf swing
- George W. Bush
His handicap dipped under 10, post-presidency
- George H.W. Bush
Once got his handicap down to 11
- Bill Clinton
Can break 90, especially using his “Billigans”
- Barack Obama
Played hoops and golf, more than 330 rounds during his two terms.
- Ronald Reagan
Didn’t play often or well (best was low 90s)
- Warren G. Harding
Struggled to break 95
- William Howard Taft
As hapless a golfer as he was a chief executive
- Woodrow Wilson
Played more than Ike but almost never broke 100
- Richard M. Nixon
He shot 79 once and quit the game
- Lyndon B. Johnson
Played with senators to secure votes for the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Calvin Coolidge
When he vacated the White House, he left his clubs behind
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