President Obama was reportedly turned away from several exclusive golf clubs over Labor Day weekend.
Managers at several New York golf clubs “did not want to inconvenience their high-powered and high-paying members” during a holiday weekend, according to local affiliate WNBC.
Obama was in the Empire State on Labor Day weekend for Democratic fundraisers and the nuptials of White House chef Sam Kass to MSNBC host Alex Wagner.
Sources for the NBC affiliate say “the White House advance team was giving the clubs just a day or two notice to fill the president’s open Saturday morning in New York.”
The commander in chief has taken a lot of heat recently from critics who have blasted him for spending too much time teeing up. Obama was eyed playing golf nearly every day while vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., last month.
He acknowledged on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” that he should have "anticipated the optics” of heading to the golf course right after delivering a statement condemning the beheading of journalist James Foley.
“There’s no doubt that after having talked to the families, where it was hard for me to hold back tears listening to the pain that they were going through, after the statement that I made, that you know, I should’ve anticipated the optics,” Obama told Chuck Todd.
Donald TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE, a frequent critic of the president, is the owner of Trump National Golf Club in Westchester, N.Y., one of the places that reportedly denied Obama’s golf request. He tweeted on Wednesday:
If Obama resigns from office NOW, thereby doing a great service to the country—I will give him free lifetime golf at any one of my courses!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2014
This story was updated at 5:42 p.m.