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Former President Barack Obama joins a second D.C.-area golf club

By Alex Myers
Barack Obama was last seen on a golf course when he attended the 2017 Presidents Cup at Liberty National on Sep. 28. But that doesn’t mean the former President has stopped securing his own tee times.

The Washingtonian reported Obama has accepted an invitation to join Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Md. The club is just a six-mile drive from the Obamas’ home in Kalorama Heights.

“Following careful deliberation, the Board of Governors voted to extend an invitation for Honorary Membership to former President of the United States Barack Obama,” reads an excerpt of a letter from last Thursday obtained by the Washingtonian. “We have received official word from Mr. Obama of his acceptance of our invitation.”

This is the second D.C.-area private club that Obama, an avid golfer during his two terms as President, has joined since leaving the White House. CNN reported in May that Obama joined Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainseville, Va., the site of four previous Presidents Cups. However, that course is about an hour drive from the Obama residence.

Obama was also invited to join Woodmont Country Club amid reports of protesting members, but is not believed to be a member there. The Washingtonian reports there is some hesitancy from Columbia Country Club members over their newest addition, but most seem happy about the decision.

“I think most members will welcome him,” one member told the Washingtonian. “Columbia, in a sense, is in competition with the Chevy Chase Club, which is just down Connecticut Avenue, and so I suppose there [are] some bragging rights.”


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