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Obama arrives on Monterey Peninsula during Pebble week

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Sirens, police escorts and Secret Service teams have been alerting locals to a special guest on the Monterey Peninsula during this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Forty-fourth president Barack Obama flew into the Monterey Jet Center Wednesday evening to attend a private AT&T Leadership Conference. He’s staying at the Monterey Plaza Hotel on Cannery Row, according to local TV affiliates.


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Cameras captured golf clubs being unloaded from the jet Obama arrived in. Though he’s not playing in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, he is squeezing in some play on area courses, including Cyrpess Point on Thursday.

Obama was an “avid golfer,” as defined by the National Golf Foundation, while in office. He was recorded as having played 306 rounds over his eight years as president, an average of 38 rounds per year. The NGF defines golfers who play more than 25 rounds a year as “avid.”

Obama told Golf Channel’s David Feherty in a 2016 interview that he is an “honest 13” handicap.

“I think my irons are good, my drive is straight but unimpressive in length and my putting’s decent, chipping is OK,” Obama told Feherty. “My sand game is terrible.”