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Why so shy, Mr President White House imposes picture black-out on Obama's '$1million' golf holiday with love-cheat TigerPlayed with famous philanderer on Sunday after eight-hour lesson with Woods' former coach on SaturdayKept press out of the weekend and didn't release any picturesThree planes breach no-fly zone overheadCost of Air Force One trips to and from Florida, along with hotel rooms, greens fees and exclusive golf lessons comes to $989,207
, it cost $179,750 per flight hour to run Air Force One. Going off that rate- even though it is likely higher now since gas prices have risen- the cost of the flights to Florida and back to Washington on Monday totaled $943,687.50.
Picturesque: President Obama never left the grounds of the Floridian golf course during his three-night stay
Luxurious: Obama's entourage rented out all three of the four-bedroom cottages on the grounds of the club
HOW MUCH IT COSTS FOR A PRESIDENTIAL BOYS WEEKEND
$943,687.50: estimated cost of a trip for Air Force One from Chicago to West Palm Beach and then back to Washington, D.C.
$13,500: Cost to rent out three four-bedroom guest cottages at The Floridian for three nights
$24,000: Cost of an eight-hour private golf lesson with famed instructor Butch Harmon
$1,800: Greens fees for three guests for two rounds of golf
$1,600: Cost of four caddies for two rounds of golf
$4,620: Cost of 20 rooms at the Port St. Lucie Holiday Inn for traveling press and security detail based on the government per-diem rate
He rented out all three of the four-bedroom guest cottages on the grounds of The Floridian for the whole of the long weekend, as well about 20 hotel rooms from the nearby Holiday Inn- which is about 20 minutes drive from the course- for his traveling entourage of press and security. Expectantly, their price differentials are significant, as one night in a guest cottage costs $1,500 while the Holiday Inn told MailOnline that they charged the government per-diem rate of $77 per room.
On top of the logistical expenses, the whole point of the trip was to relax on the golf course, which involves a whole host of expenses in itself.
Guest greens fees at The Floridian are $300 per person, and each player hires a caddy who costs $200 per round. For three guests to play two rounds of golf over the weekend, greens fees come to $1,800 and the caddies fees for the foursome total $1,600.
Relaxation: The President's press team said that they did not need to allow journalists on to the grounds because it was a personal vacation and that Mr Obama was not conducting any formal political events during the trip
Options: Since he did not leave the grounds, Mr Obama undoubtedly ate in the course's gourmet dining room
Expensive: All told, the trip is thought to have cost close to $1million
The Floridian also features a gourmet dining room, full service spa and a marina with 68 boat slips so members can arrange to go on fishing outings during their stay. Because the press were banned from getting past the maintenance shed outside of the gates of the club, it is not known whether the President indulged in any of those amenities.
The golf club's rules stipulate that all expenses incurred by guests are paid for by their member counter part. In this case, that means that the club's owner Jim Crane- who is also a Democratic donor- likely paid for all of the charges and is being reimbursed either in full or part.
Another personal expense that Mr Obama racked up came from the eight hour one-on-one lesson with golf pro Mr Harmon. Since those lessons typically cost $3,000, that means that Mr Obama's bill came to a tidy $24,000 after his intensive session on Saturday.
During his stay, the President never left the grounds of the golf club, meaning that his transportation and security costs were kept to a minimum. A spokesman for the nearby police department said that they had not been asked by the Secret Service to provide any additional security.
Spotted: Golf Digest reporter Tim Rosaforte reported that he saw President Obama close to 11am
Keeping score: Tiger Woods is rumored to be doing well during the early bouts of the round
While both the President and Woods remained mum about their round of golf, former coach Mark Harmon wasn't shy when it came to talking about their conversations.
'Just to see the interaction between the two on the range was pretty neat. The President said to Tiger, “The last tournament you played was fun to watch. It's good to see you play well again.” You could tell he meant it. It just wasn't a throw it out compliment,' he told Golf Digest.
Familiar face: The President played golf with his friend Eric Whitaker on Saturday, and he was seen playing with him back in 2009 during a trip to Martha's Vineyard (pictured) as well
Prior to Mr Obama's round with Tiger- where he was accompanied by his friend from Chicago Eric Whitaker, two Democratic donors, a U.S. trade representative and the club's owner Jim Crane- the President spent eight hours with Mr Harmon fine-tuning his game.
He reportedly played 27 holes with Mr Harmon and had an instruction session in his golf studio.
'I like the fact he loves golf,' Mr Harmon said.
'Obviously he doesn't get to play very much. He said it was a real treat for him to come here with his best friends and have a chance to play.
'But he counts every shot. He doesn't like gimmes. He putts everything out. He counts all his penalty shots. He thinks about all his shots before he hits them.
'Some people might say to the President of the United States, “Oh, just move it.” But that's not him. He loves the game and loves the game the way it's supposed to be played.'
Golf Digest reporter Tim Rosaforte
reported that the Commander-in-Chief reported to the club's driving
range at around 11am as he warmed up for the 'historic' round with Woods
The President was supposed to play with Woods at Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound which is about a half hour away from The Floridian, but Mr Obama and his entourage opted to stay on the grounds of the golf club in Palm City.
Since reporters were barred from accessing the golf crew, gossip was flying at the country club as members
their best to get an insight into how the round was going.
Tranquil: The round is taking place at The Floridian Yacht and Golf Club owned by Jim Crane
Butch Harmon, pictured with Tiger Woods in 1999, will be working with the president this weekend on his golf swing
'Not going to turn this into Tiger
Tracker, but from pro shop at Floridian we received word TW holed out
greenside bunker No. 1 for birdie,' Rosaforte tweeted.
this is the first time that the President has played golf with Woods-
who has won the most titles in the storied sport- it is not the first
time that they have met.
Upper echelon: Jim Crane, who owns the golf club and the Houston Astros, is a Democratic donor and has played golf with the President twice this weekend
The disgraced golfer did a reading at
one of President Obama's inaugural festivities in 2009 and followed that
up with a visit to the White House.
That visit took place five months
before his long list of affairs was exposed so it is unclear whether or
not Woods and Mr Obama have spoken since. Their four hours on the course
will leave them with plenty of time to talk, however.
his round on Saturday, the President played with Crane as well as
U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk. He also played at least one round with his close friend Eric
Whitaker who he has known since he lived in Chicago.
Carroll and Crane have donated to Democratic campaigns, and Chase
hosted an Obama fundraiser during the presidential campaign last year.
Florida club is used to having some high-profile guests, as
conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh talked about his times playing
there during his show on Saturday.
'I was a proud and honored member of the Floridian,' he said.
'The president’s got himself a good, old-fashioned guys golf weekend.'
The weekend wasn't all smooth sailing for
the President's team, however, as three planes breached the no-fly zone
that was imposed during Mr Obama's visit.
The Federal Aviation Administration is now investigating the incidents
which obviously caused concern about what may have happened if the
security restrictions were broken on purpose.
President Obama is enjoying a break
from his family this weekend after flying to Florida for a golf getaway,
while the First Lady and daughters Sasha and Malia will be skiing in Aspen, Colorado, the White House confirmed on Friday.