President Donald Trump trails former President Barack Obama by more than 300 rounds of presidential golf, but Trump has been teeing off at a brisk pace. (Trump photo by Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post; Obama photo by Chris Carlson/AP)

President Donald Trump trails former President Barack Obama by more than 300 rounds of presidential golf, but Trump has been teeing off at a brisk pace. (Trump photo by Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post; Obama photo by Chris Carlson/AP)

President Donald Trump left Mar-a-Lago this morning for what could be the 10th golf outing of his 8-week presidency.

 

Jim Fazio-designed, 18-hole site of “meetings and phone calls” today, according to the White House.

The president arrived at his Trump International Golf Club in unincorporated West Palm Beach at 8:37 a.m.

 

According to a press pool report, “White House tells us that POTUS will be having ‘meetings and phone calls’ while at the golf club. He may also step out to hit some golf balls, we’re told but not yet confirmed.”

 

Such confirmation is rare. The White House tends to be tight-lipped about whether Trump — ranked the 12th best politician-golfer by Golf Digest last year — is actually playing golf when he spends three or four hours at his Jim Fazio-designed course.

 

The reticence may be due to Trump’s frequent criticism, when he was a private citizen, of former President Barack Obama‘s frequent golf outings.

“I’m going to be working for you. I’m not going to have time to go play golf,” Trump said at one campaign rally in Virginia last August.

 

Obama golfed 333 times as president, according to Mark Knoller of CBS News, a noted scrutinizer of presidential schedules.

 

Obama golfed at a rate of once for every 8.8 days he was in office.

 

Today is the 59th day of Trump’s presidency. The Palm Beach Post’s best estimate is that Trump has played golf nine times through Saturday. If he’s playing today and it is indeed his 10th golf outing, that’s a rate of once every 5.9 days.

Here’s a rundown of previous occasions where President Trump appeared to be playing golf:

Trump in golf attire after more than four hours at Trump International Golf Club on Feb. 4.

Trump in golf attire after more than four hours at Trump International Golf Club on Feb. 4.

Feb. 4 – Arrived at Trump International Golf Club at 9:33 a.m., left at 2:05 p.m. wearing golf hat and golf shirt.

Feb. 5 — Arrived at Trump International at 9:27 a.m., left at 2 p.m. wearing golf hat and golf shirt. According to a pool report that day, “the White House shares that while at the Trump International Golf Club, he has had meetings and may play a few holes of golf.”

President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe exchange a high five at Trump National Golf Club on Feb. 11.

President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe exchange a high five at Trump National Golf Club on Feb. 11.

Feb. 11 — Arrived at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter at 9:26 a.m. with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Also joined on the course by two-time U.S. Open champion Ernie Els. Trump and Abe left the club after playing 18 holes at about 1:30 p.m.

Trump and Abe then visited Trump International and, according to a New York Times report, played another nine holes.

Feb. 12 – Arrived at Trump International at 8:31 a.m., left at 1:49 p.m., appeared to be wearing a golf shirt in the limo ride back to Mar-a-Lago.

Feb. 18 – Arrived at Trump International at 8:51 a.m., left at 1:16 p.m. Asked the next day if Trump played golf during the 4½-hour visit to the golf club, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: “I do believe he played a couple of holes.”

Trump, Rory McIlroy, former baseball star Paul O'Neill and Clear Sports CEO Garry Singer on the links Feb. 19.

Trump, Rory McIlroy, former baseball star Paul O’Neill and Clear Sports CEO Garry Singer on the links Feb. 19.

Feb. 19 — Arrived at Trump International at 8:58 a.m., left at 2:25 p.m. Spokeswoman Sanders: “I know he played a couple of holes this morning, but I’m not going to disclose any of the others that were there.” Golf blog NoLayingUp.com later revealed Trump played 18 holes with four-time major champion Rory McIlroy.

After the McIlroy news, Sanders said the president “intended to play a few holes and decided to play longer. He also had a full day of meetings, calls and interviews for the new NSA (national security adviser)…”

• March 4 — After unleashing a series of early morning tweets accusing Obama of wiretapping him, the president arrived at Trump International at 9:26 a.m. and left at 1:05 p.m. wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and golf shirt. The White House said the president was conducting meetings, taking phone calls and that he “might hit a few balls.”

Golf glove on President Donald Trump’s left hand suggests he had more than “meetings and phone calls” at his golf course Saturday.

• March 5 — Arrived at Trump International at 9:02 a.m. and departed at 12:48 a.m. The White House didn’t confirm whether the president played golf during his nearly four hours at the course.

  Saturday — Arrived at Trump International around 10 a.m. and left at 2:44 p.m. The White House said Trump had “meetings and phone calls” at the club and wouldn’t say whether he was golfing. Trump friend Christopher Ruddy later tweeted a picture of the president in the clubhouse in golf attire, including a golfing glove on his left hand.

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