He is the leader of the free world, but President Obama could not get a game of golf when visiting New York over the US bank holiday weekend.
The president is said to have been turned away by at least three exclusive Upstate New York clubs which were asked if he could play a round while visiting the area to attend an aide’s wedding over Labour Day weekend last month.
According to the local television news channel WNBC, the clubs complained that they were not given enough notice by the White House advance team for his requested tee-off time on the morning of Saturday August 30.
Sources told WNBC that the Trump National Golf Club, the Winged Foot and Willow Ridge, all in Westchester County, were among those who said that they could not accommodate the president’s security entourage on what would have been one of their busiest weekends of the year.
They were also reluctant to inconvenience their wealthy members, many of whom had paid more than $100,000 (£62,000) a year in membership fees.
Entirely the correct response: on both sides.