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These photographs were dug up by PastureGolf moles tunneling deep within the National Archives

“Rail spliting produced an immortal President in Abraham Lincoln; but golf, with twenty-nine million courses, hasn't produced even a good A-No. I congressman.” --Will Rogers

“I know I'm getting better at golf because I'm hitting fewer spectators.” -- Gerald R. Ford

Gerald R. Ford, Jr. in dressed for golf in 1926

The year is 1926. Gerald R. Ford, Jr., stands in front of his boyhood home at 649 Union Street, SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is wearing plus-fours and other proper golf attire and carrying a golf bag over his shoulder.
Source: ARC Identifier: 186893. Gerald R. Ford Library (NLGRF), 1000 Beal Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2114 PHONE: 734-741-2218, FAX: 734-741-2341, EMAIL: ford.library@nara.gov Production Date: 1926 Part of: Series: Ford White House.

Prime Ministers, Presidents and Popes have all been golfers (except we're not so sure about the Pope, though he has been known to putt around Vatican Square in a vehicle suspiciously resembling a golf cart). PastureGolf has discovered archival images, some more than a half century old, that we believe deserve to be dusted off and brought into the light of a new day. This astonishing collection of historical photographs includes scenes of famous, influential, even powerful people who risked everything, their positions in society and government, their self-respect, their fame and fortune, to be seen playing the game of golf. As you are probably aware, golf is a fickle game. Even at its best it can be a leveler of egos, while at its worst it can destroy marriages, partnerships, friendships, possibly even peace between nations!

PastureGolf.com is absolutely delighted to bring you these rare photographs of famous folks, though not so famous golfers.


Kennedy Administration watching Astronaut Shepard on  television

Attorney General Kennedy, McGeorge Bundy, Vice President Johnson, Arthur Schlesinger, Admiral Arleigh Burke, President Kennedy, Mrs. Kennedy watching the fifteen minute historic flight of Astronaut Shepard on television, May 5, 1961 becoming the first American in space. Cecil Stoughton, photographer. Source: John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library, Boston, MA.

We can't forget America's amateur golfer astronaut, Alan Shepard, the first American in space, commander of Apollo 14.

View of full moon from Apollo 11

At age 47 in 1971, he spent 33 hours on the surface of the moon which included time for a couple of golf shots that were out of this world!

Golf is a game kings and presidents play when they get tired of running countries. - Charles Price

President Kennedy playing golf, 1963

President Kennedy, Press Secretary Pierre Salinger, K. Lemoyne Billings in Hyannisport for a weekend of golfing, July 27, 1963. Cecil Stoughton, photographer. Source: John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library, Columbia Point, Boston, MA.


President Nixon golfing in 1970

Richard M. Nixon ready to tee off, August 26, 1970. Robert L. Knudsen, Photographer. Interested in Richard Nixon's hole-in-one?


Fred MacMurray, Bob Hope and President Nixon golfing, 1970

Fred MacMurray, Bob Hope, Richard M. Nixon playing golf in California, January 18, 1970. Oliver Atkins, photographer. Source of the two images above: Nixon Presidential Materials Staff, 8601 Adelphi Rd., College Park, MD.

President Reagan putting on Air Force One, 1985

President Reagan putting a golf ball around Air Force One on November 16, 1985.
Source: ARC Identifier: 198571 Ronald Reagan Library (NLRR), 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, CA 93065-0600 PHONE: 800-410-8354, FAX: 805-522-9621, EMAIL: reagan.library@nara.gov Coverage Dates: 11/16/1985.

President Bush golfing in 1989

President George Bush golfing at Cape Arundel Golf Course in Kennebunkport, Maine, September 3, 1989. David Valdez, photographer. Source: George Bush Library, 1000 George Bush Drive West, College Station, TX.

The Elusive Hole in One

“Though politicians are most frequently seen conking spectators in the head with right-angle duck hooks, several have had holes in one.” - Jack McCallum, “Ace Venture,” from Sports Illustrated. (Click for More)

Links to Other Pasture Golf Features

WPA New Deal Golf CoursesPhoto Archive and Collection of Historical Photographs of Famous GolfersAlan Shepard - A Golfer Out of this WorldCleeks and Clubs

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