US President Barack Obama played golf near the desert city of Palm Springs, California Saturday, shrugging off criticism that ambling around thirsty, lush greens was unseemly during a historic drought.
Obama is slated to play two courses at the weekend, Sunnylands and Porcupine Creek, a father’s day weekend escape from Washington and from the ardors of his grinding presidential schedule.
First Lady Michelle Obama and the couple’s two daughters are in Europe.
The Coachella Valley, with dozens of world-class courses, would be a natural getaway for Obama, who has played golf more than 200 times while in office — something that has not been lost on his critics.
Last year Obama told an interviewer he had once carded a very respectable round of 80 — matching Tiger Woods’s first round at the ongoing US Open.
But Palm Springs is also at the epicenter of a water shortage that has prompted water restrictions not seen in four decades.