President Obama, on his sixth family vacation on Martha's Vineyard island since taking office, is nearing his 250th round of golf, cementing him as one of the office's top players of the presidential pastime.

Today was his 244th round. "Motorcade arrived at Vineyard Golf Club at 1:05 p.m.," the White House press poll emailed Friday.

On Wednesday, he played his 243rd round and could hit the 250 mark during his trip that ends in 10 days. The number was provided by Mark Knoller, CBS White House correspondent, and the authoritative keeper of presidential facts and numbers.


Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush, golfed 24 times over eight years, cutting his playtime off after the 9/11 attacks, believing it unseemly to be seen enjoying himself at a time of war.

So far on the Vineyard, Obama has golfed twice. On Wednesday he played with NBA stars Ray Allen and Alonzo Mourning at oceanside Farm Neck Golf Club.

As usual, he was on the links for about five hours, his average. At 243 rounds, that adds up to be 1,215 hours of golf.

Obama still has a long way to go to catch the presidential golfing titans, Dwight Eisenhower and Woodrow Wilson. Ike reportedly played 800 rounds, and Wilson 1,200.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.