The magazine for golfers Historically, Golf Digest has ranked the presidents of the United States according to their golfing prowess.
When Donald Trump assumed the office of president, he added significantly to their rankings.
The magazine noted in 2019:
“Donald Trump is the 16th of the past 19 American Presidents to play golf. And immediately upon entering office he became the best player of the group, thanks to his current 2.8 Handicap Index and his 19 club championship victories.
According to our Jaime Diaz, who twice played golf with Trump in recent years, the best part of his game is his ball-striking, although Trump himself says it’s his putting.”
According to Golf Digest:
“Trump knocked out John F. Kennedy from the No.1 spot in our previous ranking of the best golf presidents.”
The only other president since Trump’s election is Joe Biden, who is unlikely to unseat him from the top spot, according to the magazine.
It is not surprising that former President Donald Trump plays golf well given the numerous opportunities he has had to improve over the years as a result of building, acquiring, and maintaining golf courses all over the world.
Golfweek wrote in July:
“Before Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, he was well known in the golf community as the namesake of the courses and grounds that share his name.”
“There are 12 Trump golf-owned properties in the United States, two in Scotland, one in Ireland, and one in the United Arab Emirates. The Trump Organization manages Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in New York, though for a short period of time it lost control until winning a legal battle. It also has three golf properties opening soon: two in Indonesia and one in Dubai.”
Seven of the current Trump golf-owned/managed properties are open to the public for tee times and nine of the clubs are private.”
According to the source, Trump National Golf Clubs are currently located in Bedminster, New Jersey, Charlotte, North Carolina, Colts Neck, Florida, Hudson Valley, New York, Jupiter, Florida, Los Angeles, California, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, West Palm Beach, Florida, Westchester, New York, and New York City.
Trump Turnberry in Turnberry, Scotland, Trump International in Aberdeen, Scotland, Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Doonbeg, Ireland, Trump International Golf Club in Dubai, UAE, and the three other courses slated to open are among the clubs mentioned in Golfweek.
Therefore, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the former president Trump spends a lot of time on the golf course given his extensive course ownership and reputation for conducting business meetings while teeing off.
However, others on the internet have questioned Trump’s position on the presidential list advocated by Golf Digest because some people will take offense at any mention of him.
The magazine has received a lot of criticism for a recent tweet in which it ranked US presidents according to their golf handicaps.
The tweet is receiving criticism, particularly because it gave Donald Trump the highest score of 2.8 while giving Joe Biden the second-highest score of 6.7.
Those who disagreed with the evaluations went ballistic, insisting that neither could be accurate.
U.S. Presidents 🤝 Golf pic.twitter.com/D1KwFndkRg
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) September 25, 2022
Notable commenter on the magazine’s rankings was sports journalist and serial fabulist Rick Reilly, who wrote, “Wrong on Trump (10 at best). Wrong on Biden (no chance). Wrong on Nixon (a 15 at best and only took the game up to suck up to Ike), wrong on Taft (way worse) and wrong on FDR (won many REAL amateur events b4 polio).”
Reilly questioned Biden’s 6.7 in a subsequent response, asserting that “Biden WAS a 6 a long long time ago.”
Even though Reilly’s adjustments of the Golf Digest scores may not appear too far off, it is difficult to accept anything he says after being exposed for blatant lying and reporting on material that was materially false in the past.
Many people criticized Donald Trump as a “liar” in the comments section of the magazine’s tweet, using that as justification to question the 2.8 handicap rating:
You’ve got a rogue decimal point in Orange Man’s handicap.
— Tony Johnstone (@TonyJohnstone56) September 26, 2022
So Trump cheats on the course too
— Jorge (@iorch421) September 25, 2022
Certain Trump cooks the books here also. Everyone knows he is a cheater-even in golf!!
— Bob Brourman (@RfbrourB) September 25, 2022
C’mon Golf Digest. 2.8?? In what universe? You still a serious publication?
— Steve Reese (@SteveReesecup) September 26, 2022
Given his experience and proximity to the game, it is not hard to think that Trump has golfing skill; nevertheless, Joe Biden is unlikely to share this expertise, either now or in the past, given his background.
However, few people also thought Joe Biden had a handicap similar to 6.7. Many have noticed that he can hardly ride a bike or walk to the podium, much less play 18 holes of golf.
One commenter went so far as to point out that some of Biden’s ratings from 2018 demonstrate how far off he was from a 6.7 even then:
Biden’s last GHIN score was in 2018. He’s definitely not a 6.7 anymore pic.twitter.com/nTtlrwOuKo
— Enzo the baker (@fcarozzi) September 25, 2022