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Golf at Farm Neck, Dinner at Sweet Life: Obama on the Vineyard, Day 1

President Barack Obama hit the Farm Neck golf course Sunday, his first full day of vacation on Martha's Vineyard, before dining with First Lady Michelle Obama at a family favorite, Sweet Life Café in Oak Bluffs.

President Barack Obama hit the Farm Neck golf course and dined with the First Lady in Oak Bluffs Sunday. (Photo by Nancy Lane, The Boston Herald/courtesy White House Press Pool)
President Barack Obama hit the Farm Neck golf course and dined with the First Lady in Oak Bluffs Sunday. (Photo by Nancy Lane, The Boston Herald/courtesy White House Press Pool)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama chose Chilmark for their Vineyard vacation stay, but it was Oak Bluffs that saw the most of the First Couple the day after they arrived.

From press pool coverage provided to Martha's Vineyard Patch by the White House, we have the following report:

Press pool report filed by Jamie Stringfellow, Martha's Vineyard Times:

The President arrived at Farm Neck Golf Course in Oak Bluffs at about 11:35 a.m. and the pool watched him on the green of the first hole with his assistant Marvin Nicholson, White House chef Sam Kass and Robert Wolf.

We didn't see how many shots it took the President to reach the green but he three-putted once there. Despite that, he appeared to be enjoying himself.

Farm Neck was also a favorite course of President Bill Clinton and Oak Bluffs is the summer home of several notable people including Tom Clancy and Spike Lee, whose home overlooks Farm Neck and Sengekontacket Pond.

"OB" is also well-known as the nation's oldest African-American summer resort and home of the longest continuously-running carousel, the Flying Horses.


The President and First Lady arrived at the Sweet Life Café in Oak Bluffs at about 7:25 pm. The Circuit Ave restaurant is a favorite of the first couple; they've dined here at least three times during Vineyard visits. Sasha and 
Malia are not dining with their parents but if previous visits are any guide, they  might have a family dinner at Nancy's on the OB harbor later in the week.

The Sweet Life was founded by Jackson and Mary Kenworth, who now own the State Road Restaurant in West Tisbury.

It was purchased in 2013 by the owners of Détente Restaurant in Edgartown.

About the photo: press pool report filed by Kathleen B. Hennessey, Los Angeles Times:

The pool saw Obama, wearing white shirt and khaki shorts, approach his ball and chip it up on the green, overshooting by about 15 feet. His first putt was a miss, which Obama reacted to by leaning back and kicking his knee up, as if trying to coax the ball into breaking right. He let out a little, "Ooooh," as it happened.

Next one missed, too. Last one he just dragged in the hole.

Pool could see what looked like a little light banter and ribbing among the group, but could not hear.

The motorcade pulled away from the Farm Neck Golf Club at 5:04 pm, more than five hours after arriving. 

For more about the First Family's Vineyard vacation:

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Stefanie Wolf August 12, 2013 at 01:33 AM
Chef Owner Kevin Crowell and Chef du Cuisine Carlos Montoya served up presidential cuisine this evening to President and Michelle Obama & their guests at The Sweet Life in Oak Bluffs, MA. Kevin and Suzanna Crowell are the owners of both The Sweet Life in Oak Bluffs and Detente, in Edgartown and were proud to host the First Family for their first night out on Martha's Vineyard.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) August 12, 2013 at 05:24 AM
Thank you for the update, Stephanie! Here's the pool report on the Obamas' first day and dinner: http://marthasvineyard.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/obama-goes-golfing-on-day-1-of-marthas-vineyard-vacation


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