22 celebrities, professional athletes, and politicians Trump has golfed with as president

Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump plays a round of golf on the Trump Turnberry resort in South Ayrshire, Scotland, in July 2018.
  • President Donald Trump’s well-documented golf habit has paired him with some famous names.
  • In his first two years in office, Trump has played golf with dozens of athletes, celebrities, and politicians at his properties and golf clubs around the world.
  • Here are some of Trump’s most notable playing partners.

In March 2019, President Donald Trump paid the 174th visit of his presidency to one of his golf courses, according to NBC’s tracker.

From visiting his course close to the White House in Sterling, Virginia to playing a diplomatic round in Japan, Trump has partnered with several high-profile athletes, celebrities, and fellow politicians on the course.

Trump’s outings and who’s joining him are sometimes slated as part of official visits, recorded in White House press pool reports, and often captured on camera.

Here are some of the most notable people who have joined Trump on the course:


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Kyodo News via Getty ImagesJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe President Donald Trump fist-bump at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, on Nov. 5, 2017

Trump and Abe have bonded over golf in both of their respective countries, with a February 2017 round in Mar-a-Lago and a November 2017 round near Tokyo.


Japanese professional golfer Hideki Matsuyama

Kyodo News via Getty ImagesJapanese golfer Hideki Matsuyama in August 2017.

Matsuyama, an international golf champion, was also in tow for one of Trump’s rounds with Abe while the two met in Japan.


Fox News host Bret Baier

Warren Little/Getty ImagesBret Baier on the 12th tee during Round Three of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Spyglass Hill Golf Course on February 10, 2018 in Pebble Beach, California.

Baier and Trump played through the wind and rain in April 2018 at Trump National in Virginia, Politico reported.


NFL quarterback Kirk Cousins

Steven Ryan/Getty Images

Then-Redskins quarterback Cousins joined Trump at his club in Bedminster, New Jersey in June 2017.


South African professional golfer Ernie Els

Els said he got harsh blowback after he missed the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am with a neck injury only to be spotted with Trump and Abe the same weekend.


Former Mayor of New York City and Trump’s chief counsel Rudy Giuliani

David Cannon/Getty ImagesRudy Giuliani on March 9, 2015 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Giuliani is one of the president’s regular golf partners who accompanies him to his Virginia club.


Musician Kid Rock

While Trump spent a private weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in the days after special counsel Mueller completed his final report on the Russia investigation, Kid Rock tweeted this photo after a round with the president, writing that Trump is “so down to earth and so fun to be with.”


Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina

Ron Sachs – Pool/Getty ImagesSen. Lindsey Graham leaves the presidential limo at the White House on October 14, 2017 President Donald Trump is seen at right talking on the phone.

Months after earning a reputation as Trump’s harshest critic, Graham turned heads when he was seen golfing with Trump in October 2017. Now Graham has become one of Trump’s closest confidantes, and they golf regularly.


Coast Guard Commanding Officer Gene Gibson of the Station Lake Worth Inlet

Trump was alongside Gibson to receive service members from their nearby station at his Mar-a-Lago club.


Service members of the US Coast Guard at Station Lake Worth Inlet, which is near Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club.

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty ImagesPresident Trump holds the flag of the US Coast Guard while speaking to service members at the Trump International Golf Course in Mar-a-Lago, Florida on December 29, 2017.

Trump invited the service members to play a round of golf and have lunch at the West Palm Beach club in December 2017.


Fox News host Sean Hannity

Rick Scuteri/Getty ImagesSean Hannity.

Amid reports that Hannity was one of Trump’s most trusted informal advisers, the two were spotted playing golf at Trump’s Florida club in May 2018.


PGA Tour player Dustin Johnson

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesDustin Johnson at Trump National Doral Blue Monster Course on March 6, 2016 in Doral, Florida.

Trump spent part of his Thanksgiving break in November 2017 playing with Johnson.


14-year-old golf champion Allan Kournikova

Kevin Liles/Getty Images for DC&P ChampionshipBoys 10-11 driving winner Allan Kournikova at the regional round of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at TPC Sugarloaf on September 15, 2014 in Duluth, Georgia.

Trump played in a group of five with the young champion at Trump International in West Palm Beach, Florida. Professional golfer Taylor Funk secretly recorded part of the round and said the president played “very well.”


Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky

Paul and Trump have golfed together multiple times, but appeared especially friendly in August 2018, days after Trump signed an executive order for Paul’s health care plan.


Sen. David Perdue of Georgia

Photo by Zach Gibson – Pool/Getty ImagesSen. David Perdue with in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on August 2, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Perdue is reportedly one of Trump’s favourite members of Congress, as the two have bonded over business and golf since Trump took office.


Former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning

Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesManning hits a tee shot at Muirfield Village Golf Club on May 30, 2018 in Dublin, Ohio.

Manning said he accepted Trump’s invitation to play golf in June 2017 because it would have been “un-American” to turn him down.


Professional golfer Rory McIlroy

Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesPresidential candidate Trump speaks with golfer Rory McIlroy at Trump National Doral Blue Monster Course on March 6, 2016 in Doral, Florida.

McIlroy called Trump a “decent player for a guy in his 70s” after the two played 18 holes in February 2017.


Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney

Bill Clark/CQ Roll CallMulvaney uses some body English on a near-miss putt during the First Tee Congressional Challenge golf tournament at the Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Md., May 19, 2014.

Mulvaney, along with figures like Giuliani, is among Trump’s inner circle and regular golf partners.


Former Yankees legend Paul O’Neill

The former right fielder who won five World Series championships was part of the group that golfed with McIlroy in February 2017.


PGA legends Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods

@realDonaldTrump/TwitterPresident Donald Trump tweeted this photo of him golfing with Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods at the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida on February 2, 2019.

Though Trump has played with golf stars Nicklaus and Woods separately multiple times, the three joined forces on Trump’s Florida course in February 2019.


Former PGA player Dana Quigley

Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesQuigley hits his tee shot on the 14th hole during the second round of the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am at the TPC of Tampa on April 16, 2011 in Lutz, Florida.

Quigley joined the president at his former club in December 2017, a day after Trump declared he was headed “back to work.

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