Trump thinks the White House is “a real dump” — and other golf stories

We all know that President Donald Trump is a tasteful man. I mean just look at Trump Tower. Just look at all that gold, all that shiny, all that taste! So we weren’t surprised at all to learn what Trump thinks of the relatively non-gilded White House.

“That White House is a real dump,” Trump allegedly told members at his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. , according to Sports Illustrated.

The White House denies that the president said this. But is anyone surprised? Since taking office, Trump has played golf 21 times, according to Politfact — that’s 10 games more than Obama at the same point of his presidency. He has spent 36 days in total at his golf properties — that’s roughly 20 percent of his presidency, according to CNN. And then there is Mar-a-lago. Anyway it is pretty clear that the president loves to get away from the White House. His properties are just classier.

But his dislike for the White House isn’t the only gem from the Sports Illustrated piece. We also learned that Trump isn’t one to play by the rules:

“Trump will sometimes respond to a shot he duffed by simply playing a second ball and carrying on as if the first shot never happened. In the parlance of the game, Trump takes floating mulligans, usually more than one during a round. Because of them it is impossible to say what he has actually shot on any given day, according to 18 people who have teed it up with Trump over the last decade, including SI senior writer Michael Bamberger, who has done so nine times.”

Okay, so he’s not one to keep score then, right? Wrong!

“In 2007, Trump called Bamberger to brag about a 68 he had shot at Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles. Trump’s handicap index is officially 2.8, but he has posted only three scores since ’14. Els, a South Florida resident who has known Trump for many years, estimates he is “an eight or a nine.” For Trump to shoot 68 on a tough course like Bel-Air would require him to play nearly perfectly from tee to green while making a number of substantial putts. One of his playing partners that day confirmed that Trump played “good,” but that he took all the usual liberties common among everyday golfers: mulligans, gimmes, improved lies, etc.”