Trump Kicks Off 17-Day “Working Vacation” at New Jersey Golf Club

Barack Obama and Bill Clinton had Martha’s Vineyard, George W. Bush had his ranch in Crawford, Texas, George H.W. Bush had Kennebunkport, Maine, and Ronald Reagan had his getaway in California.

President Donald Trump, it seems, has his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

The president and his family head to one of his favorite retreats Friday, Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, for what White House officials say is a 17-day “working vacation.” It’s just the latest in a string of visits the real estate mogul turned president has made to his own properties since taking office.

Presidents frequently use August to leave town while Congress is out of session and the heat in the nation’s capital drags on during the dog days of summer. But Trump, more so than his recent predecessors, has shown little patience for the confines of the White House. Fifty-eight of his first 195 days in office have been spent at properties he owns, according to an NBC News count. Most of those were spent either in Bedminster or his Florida resort in Mar-a-Lago.

At his New Jersey hamlet, Trump will be able to engage in his favorite hobby: golf. He has spent 43 days at properties with golf courses and became the first president to attend a U.S. Women’s Open at his Bedminster course last month. The 535-acre facility is a golfer’s dream with 36 holes that routinely end up on lists of the country best golf courses and extensive practice facilities.

Trump’s time in the Garden State has increased after Mar-a-Lago went quiet for the summer months. And like his Florida club, Trump has his own private villa on the grounds that also houses tennis and basketball courts, a pool, gym, two large hot tubs and a helipad.

It reportedly costs up to $350,000 for an initial membership.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Andrew Rafferty and Kelly O’Donnell