DONALD Trump spends a lot of time on the golf course – even after taking on the most important job in the world.
But is he any good? With the president set to enjoy a round of golf in Scotland this weekend we take a look at his game.
Getty Images Donald Trump claims to have a handicap of 2.5, placing him among the top rank of amateurs
What is Donald Trump’s golf handicap?
The US president began playing golf when he was at college and in 2005 wrote a book called The Best Golf Advice I Ever Received.
The Apprentice TV host wrote: “For me and millions of people — men, women, young and old around the world — golf is more than a game. It is a passion.”
He claims to have a handicap of less than three, which would place him among the top rank of amateurs of any age.
In November the leader of the free world raised eyebrows when he claimed to have shot a round of 68.
He uploaded the score to the US Golf Association’s Handicap Index, lowering his handicap from 2.8 to 2.5.
It was the first time he had uploaded a score for over a year despite dozens of visits to courses.
One commenter online said: “I’ve seen his swing, our president is not a 2.5.”
Mr Trump has faced disbelief before, such as when he claimed to have shot an improbable 73 in “wet and windy conditions” on a par-72 championship course on which many professionals have come a cropper.
In January 2018 his former pro partner, 15-time LPGA Tour winner Suzann Pettersen, reportedly said Mr Trump “cheats like hell” on the golf course.
A Norwegian newspaper quoted her as saying: “They say that if you cheat at golf, you cheat at business.
“I’m pretty sure he pays his caddie well, since no matter how far into the woods he hits the ball, it’s in the middle of the fairway when we get there.”
She later denied she had said it.
Reuters Trump takes a swing on his links course on the Menie Estate near Aberdeen
What is Donald Trump’s golf swing like?
Although some say his swing is unconventional, experts told CNN the president’s action is surprisingly effective.
Respected coach Clive Tucker said: “Trump looks like he’s played a lot of rounds, because he seems to know what he’s doing.
“He’s got a bit of a flat back-swing, but that might be deliberate.”
Gary Smith, who has worked with Britain’s Olympic champion Justin Rose, said of the president: “His aim is good, he’s got great alignment and looks reasonably flexible.
“It also looks like his arms are hanging great, so one would assume his grip is fine. For someone of his age and size, it’s a mighty good action.”
Trump has been criticised for spending more than 100 days of his presidency at golf courses, with claims he used his office to promote his business interests.
He visited his own courses 91 times in 2017, although the White House would not say if he played while there.
In 2017 world No3 Rory McIlroy played 18 holes with Mr Trump in Florida last year.