Rolling Easter Eggs and Putting Golf Balls at the White House

by Phil Bundy on April 4, 2010

Phil Bundy at the White House Putting Green

This post originally appeared on April 13 of last year. This year, Donna, Charlie, and I are traveling to visit family for the holiday weekend. Happy Easter!

Today, my family and I were guests at the White House Easter Egg Roll, the annual tradition begun by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878. The activities on the South Lawn were fun, and we have some priceless pictures for the family photo album.

While Donna and Charlie searched for the Easter Bunny, I wandered over to an area close to the West Wing to find the most exclusive putting green in the United States. Sitting just outside the Oval Office, the White House Putting Green is a small, undulated surface. Nearby, a left-handed putter and a few golf balls rested on a small bench.

In 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower installed the original putting green and a sand trap. The most avid golfer of all past Commander in Chiefs, he also used the South Lawn as a driving range, hitting five irons down the hill toward the Ellipse.

After President Bill Clinton took office, he had the original putting green moved to its current location with noted golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designing a 1,500 square foot surface.

Back in January on Inauguration Day, I volunteered to serve our country by providing a quick putting lesson for President Barack Obama. With my offer still extended, I stand ready to bring along the best training aids and putters and to share some putting drills and tips with our nation’s First Golfer.

If you were giving a putting lesson to President Obama, which training aids and putters would you bring along? What drills and tips would you share?

Until next time, enjoy golf, America!

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George Baer April 20, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Mary Jane, I was mistaken that my cousin Phillip had given President Obama a putting lesson. He has offered but as yet the Prez has not take him up. Maybe he’s been too busy. George

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