Barack Obama hits the golf course in Hawaii with friends

PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Barack Obama hits the golf course in Hawaii with friends ahead of New Year

  • The 44th president on Tuesday played a round of golf in Hawaii with a mystery friend
  • Obama, 60, was sporting a white Puma polo, with blue shorts, a golf cap, sunglasses and white sneakers
  • As president, Obama played once ever 8.8 days, and Trump once every 5.6 days  
  • The former president was pictured donning black swim trunks on Saturday as he went for a dip in the Pacific Ocean 

Former President Barack Obama was spotted playing golf in Hawaii with a mystery friend Tuesday during the family’s annual vacation in his native state before the new year. 

Obama, 60, looked focused as he took to the links in a white Puma golf shirt, blue shorts, white sneakers, sunglasses and golf cap. He and his friend wore matching outfits.  

Since he left office in 2016, the former president has had more time to enjoy the game he loves.

Barack Obama, 60, was all smiles on Tuesday playing a round of golf in his home state of Hawaii

KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PRIZE: Obama said that on leaving the White House his handicap was ‘a solid 13’

Obama played 333 rounds as president – an average of once every 8.8 days

Obama on Tuesday appeared to be taking his game very seriously

The 44th President was dressed in a baseball cap, golf shirt, and blue shorts while enjoying a round of golf with a friend

WHERE DID THAT GO BUDDY?: The pair look on after Obama’s friend swung, following the ball’s trajectory 

Earlier this year, Michelle Obama told Ellen DeGeneres that her husband’s love of the sport was a source of frustration, confessing that the one thing she would get rid of is his golf clubs because it ‘takes too long’ for him to play the game.

She said: ‘They’re annoying! It takes too long! Why is there a sport where there are 18 holes? They just made that up, that’s somebody trying to avoid their wife!’ 

While president, Obama played a total of 333 rounds over his eight years – an average of once every 8.8 days. His successor, Donald Trump, played about 260 rounds of golf in his one term.  

Since 1909, every president except Jimmy Carter, Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover has played

Michelle Obama in March joked about confiscating her husband’s clubs as he took too long

FELT CUTE, MIGHT DELETE LATER: Obama and his friend were wearing matching outfits while linking up for a game of golf

SORE LOOSER: Obama looks on, crossing his arms as it appears that he may have lost 

TIME FOR A CHANGE: Obama looks set to take out another golf cub to raise his A-game

Obama, who was born in Hawaii, has visited the state with his family during Christmas for decades. 

On Saturday, he was pictured donning black swim trunks as he went for a dip in the Pacific Ocean, and was snapped squinting in the sun as he left his sunglasses behind. 

The day before, his daughters, Sasha, 20, and Malia, 23, were also caught on camera as they went out on the water on stand-up paddle boards, each wearing a bikini for the beach day.

In 2016, he sang the state’s praises to National Geographic, telling the publication: ‘People always ask, why do I stay calm in the midst of a lot of crazy stuff going on. Well, I always tell folks part of it’s being born in Hawaii and knowing what it’s like to jump into the ocean and understanding what it means when you see a sea turtle in the face of a wave.’  

 It’s unclear where, exactly, the Obamas are staying this year, though in the past they were known to stay at Paradise Point Estates, which they visited every year from 2008 to 2011 — giving it the nickname ‘The Winter White House.’

The private home has five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms, the extra space likely necessary during Obama’s White House years due to his Secret Service detail. 

The house is available for anyone to rent for $3,500 per night and has a lagoon-style pool, waterfalls, a spa pool, an outdoor wet bar, a master suite with therapeutic bath and steam shower, a kitchen with high-tech gadgets like a sub-zero refrigerator and freezer, and a fitness center.

The estate’s manager, Glenn Weinberg, told Business Insider that Obama once wrote in the guestbook: ‘My family and staff have grown very fond of our time at your home, and your generosity is much appreciated.’

The Hawaii-born former president has long made an effort to keep fit and healthy by playing golf regularly, even during his time as President

LOOKING ON: The former President is a fierce competitor when it comes to a game of eighteen holes

Asked in December whether he ever played with Trump, Obama laughed that Trump cheated

Obama is one of 16 of the last 19 presidents to enjoy playing golf

 

Former President Barack Obama and his family were seen enjoying some fun in the water this weekend after heading back to Hawaii for their annual Christmas trip

The day before, his daughters, Sasha, 20, and Malia, 23, were also caught on camera as they went out on the water

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