February was always the month to honor presidents due to Lincoln and Washington’s birthdays.

The traditional Mondays off formed long weekend winter holidays for ski or golf depending on geography. Not many businesses close for the occasions anymore although it is still hyped by retailers for Presidents’ Day sales. As the world is reeling or rallying in the wake of our newly elected President, we have daily discussions about the global issues and reactions.

What role does golf play here? It provides R&R or a non-threatening business forum.  The spin is on the golf ball, not rhetoric and you can learn a whole lot about a person in 18 holes. Obama’s most noted play was in Hawaii, on Oahu at Kapolei Golf Club and Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course inside the marine base.  There was grumbling by some about taxpayer funding for his golf holidays. What about now, with President Trump? He has already used the game for diplomacy with the Japanese Prime Minister and funding will be a non-issue. He does trump them all when it comes to golf as his ownership includes 17 courses in 4 countries.

We can all fly to Scotland and play the public Trump Turnberry or Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeen, then drive or fly over to Doonbeg Ireland and play the Trump International Golf Links there. All would make a great walk with celebratory scotch, Guinness or a wee bit of whiskey after the round.

In the states, we can easily book a tee time at Trump Doral in Miami or Trump National in Los Angeles or even the newer Trump Golf Links in Ferry Point, NY as they are all public. For the private clubs however, we better pony up considerable cash and references or call on our higher connections.  These include Trump International in Palm Beach, or Trump National in Jupiter, Florida. We could lobby for Trump National in Washington D.C., or move north to Charlotte. In New Jersey, we might join the Trump National in either Colt Neck’s or Bedminster. We may let freedom ring at Trump National in Philadelphia or stick close to NYC at Hudson Valley or Westchester. Of course, some like multiple memberships and if that were our case, we wouldn’t want to rule out Trump International and the Trump World Golf Links in Dubai.

We wish you Happy Presidents’ Days on the course of your choice.