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Obama is eager member of golfing presidents' club

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DARLENE SUPERVILLE | August 16, 2013 03:47 PM EST | AP


VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. — American presidents love golf – 15 of the last 18 have played – and Barack Obama is an eager member of that club.

He played during high school in Hawaii and the game was a "healthy outlet" during the eight, sometimes frustrating, years he spent as an Illinois senator. He's become a more determined golfer since moving to the White House, and his fondness for the game has been on display this week during his escape to the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard.

Obama has said the hours he spends walking from hole to hole or driving the golf cart is the closest someone who lives inside a security bubble gets to feeling normal.

He has played 137 rounds of golf since becoming president, including four during vacation this week.