Three New York golf clubs Reject Obama’s Request for visit during Labour Day weekend
Three exclusive Upstate New York golf clubs turned down President Obama's requested tee-off time to get a game of golf over the US bank holiday weekend. The President was visiting the area that weekend to attend an aide's wedding at Blue Hill, Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills.
The local television news channel WNBC reported that all the three clubs, the Trump National Golf Club, the Winged Foot and Willow Ridge, complained that they were not given enough notice by the White House advance team for President's requested tee-off time on the morning of Saturday August 30.
All these three clubs situated in Westchester County largely stated that the labor day weekend draws a lot of crowd and is one of their busiest weekends of the year so, they could not accommodate the President's security entourage.
The clubs also stated that they avoided the president's visit as it would have caused a lot of inconvenience to their wealthy members, many of whom pay more than $100,000 a year as membership fees.
It is believe that this denial caused a change in President Obama's travel plans. That week he attended fundraisers in New York and Rhode Island on the Friday of Labor Day weekend before returning to Washington DC the same night and then flying back all over again on Saturday evening.
Josh Earnest, the White House spokesman, clarified that the president himself decided to go back to Washington. He said, "He can sleep in his own bed, do a little work tomorrow, spend some time with his family and then travel back to New York tomorrow evening to attend a private event".
Club officials have reported that Obama is not the first head of state whose request has been rejected, before him representatives of the King of Morocco also tried and failed to secure a tee time at some of the same courses on Labor Day weekend.
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