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President Obama hits the Fort Lauderdale golf course where Caddyshack was filmed

 

McClatchy Newspapers

President Obama is closing out a fundraising trip to South Florida by hitting the links at a golf club — made famous in the 1980 classic film Caddyshack.

The White House pool arrived at the Grande Oaks Golf Club in Fort Lauderdale to see Obama, wearing a blue polo shirt, tan slacks and a tan/khaki ball cap, greeting people and shaking hands and at one point, posing for pictures.

According to its website, Grande Oaks is a private club that was featured in the 1980 Bill Murray film, Caddyshack, and “offers members an exclusive atmosphere with some of south Florida’s foremost socialites.”

The club’s "Raymond Floyd re-designed 18-hole championship course, 40-acre practice facility and southern plantation style clubhouse provides sanctuary, serenity and the utmost in service," the website promises.

Its gift shop boasts a number of Caddyshack-themed gifts, including golf club covers in the form of a gopher — an homage to the starring role a destructive rodent plays in the film.

Obama’s partners include former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning, ambassador Ron Kirk and Cyrus Walker, senior advisor Valerie Jarrett’s cousin. At one point, the White House pool caught a glimpse of Obama driving a golf cart as he pulled away from a tee, with Mourning in the passenger seat.

Obama wrapped up a trio of fundraisers in Miami late Friday, including one event where he told two of Cuba’s leading dissidents in South Florida that he admires their sacrifices, a rare White House recognition of the peaceful opposition on the communist-ruled island.

Lesley Clark, who covers the White House for McClatchy Newspapers, can be reached at Lclark@mcclatchydc.com; Twitter: @lesleyclark.

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