Woodrow Wilson played 1200 rounds of golf during his presidency. Even though he was President Wilson for eight years, most of those rounds of golf were not during the last two years of his presidency.
Presidnet Wilson also did not play on Sundays.
Let’s Have Some Fun with Figures…
President Wilson played over 1200 rounds of golf during his presidency.
With 365 days in a year, and President Wilson mot playing golf on Sundays, that leaves 313 days a year to possibly play golf.
During the last two years, President Wilson was overseas, or campaigning for the League of Nations.
313 days a year times 6 years means that there were 1878 days to play golf.
When President Wilson’s first wife died, he did not play golf for around three months.
1878 days to play golf minus 90 days of mourning leaves 1788 days to play golf.
Checking the snowfall in Washington D.C. during President Wilson’s presidency accounts for 129 inches of snow. Allowing three days of missed play for each inch of snow that means President Wilson likely missed 387 more days of playing golf.
1788 days to play golf minus 387 snow days leaves President Wilson with 1401 days to possibly play golf.
Estimating that on the months that there was no recorded snowfall, it might have rained at least two of those days, we must subtract 70 days.
1401 days to play golf minus 70 rain days leaves 1330 days to play golf.
Of the 1330 days President Wilson had available to play golf if the weather allowed and he was near a golf course, President Wilson likely missed 100 days of playing golf in six years.
As you can tell, the man truly loved his game of golf.
Fun Fact: The United Staes was at war for over 500 of those golfing days. I wonder what our press corp would say?
- President George W. Bush golfed a total of 24 rounds.
- President Barack H. Obama golfed a total of 333 rounds.
- President Donald Trump has golfed 136 rounds to date.
(According to Presidential Golf Tracker.) There are other sites that count the days at a golf course which is different than the rounds of golf. Except for one outlier, the results are very similar.
Another Fun Fact: A citation on one presidental golfing site- “Congratulations to President Obama on his 100th round of golf in less than four years in office! Below are just a few of the stunning and exclusive golf courses Obama has played at during his presidency. —– ”
Written for The Woodrow Wilson Birthplace Tours.