Obama usually golfs in a foursome whose participants rotate. Recent golf companions have included Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, presidential trip planner Marvin Nicholson (a former caddie at Augusta National) and Finkenbinder, the press aide.
On a rare occasion he was spotted in golf attire, Obama had one foot still back in the office -- his BlackBerry was firmly attached to his waist.
Golfing and the presidency seem to go hand in hand. Fifteen of the last 18 presidents, including Obama, have played the sport.
Golf Digest recently ranked those 15 presidents and John F. Kennedy came in at the top of the list.
"Despite chronic back pain, [Kennedy] averaged 80," the magazine reported.
Obama ranks No. 8 on the list, which notes that the "lefty plays more hoops than golf." Bringing up the rear is Calvin Coolidge who, "when he vacated the White House, he left his clubs behind."
Former President George W. Bush, No. 6 on that list, said in 2008 that he gave up golf as the situation in Iraq worsened in August 2003.
"I don't want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf," Bush told Politico. "I think, you know, playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal."
After a suicide attack in Israel in August 2002, Bush spoke to reporters from a golf course.
"I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers. Thank you. Now watch this drive," he said in Kennebunkport, Maine.
The video and quote became infamous after Michael Moore included it in his 2004 documentary, "Fahrenheit 911."