Editor’s note: In typical POTUS fashion, Twitter Fingers recently retweeted a mock video shared by @Fuctupmind captioned, “Donald Trump’s amazing golf swing #CrookedHillary.” The video shows the president taking a lofty swing on the golf course, followed by a clip of the time Hillary Clinton took a very public tumble while boarding a plane in Yemen—suggesting that the president himself struck her down. Naturally, we thought it’d be fitting to revisit this piece that elaborates on just how seriously Trump takes his evidently savage golf game.

Donald Trump takes golf very seriously. He has already interrupted a presidential campaign to visit his course in Scotland and told Golf Digest, “I don’t mind that Obama plays a lot of golf”—though he was disappointed Obama didn’t play more rounds with people “who can help the country.”

After all, golf is vital to Trump’s net worth. Depending how his golf businesses are defined and who does the estimating, their value ranges from $160 million to $1.86 billion. We’re unlikely to ever get an exact figure, as his resorts are known to fluctuate wildly in value depending whether he’s addressing the public or the tax man; the Trump National Golf Course in Westchester, New York was worth $50 million on campaign disclosure forms but only $1.3 million come tax time. In fairness, Trump testified during a 2007 deposition: “My net worth fluctuates, and it goes up and down with markets and with attitudes and with feelings, even my own feeling.”

It’s about more than money though. Trump has been playing for roughly 40 years, with one Trump employee declaring that “golf isn’t something the man behind The Apprentice and his own real-estate empire has simply stamped his name on.” While the name “Trump” is often pure licensing—an examination of 12 New York City Trump buildings found he had partial ownership of just three—golf actually tends to involve The Donald as he seeks to create “world-class luxury and excellence, only synonymous with the Trump brand.”

Quite simply, golf is a key to Trump and over the years he’s been kind enough to discuss it at length. Mostly through his own words, here’s our possible future Commander-in-Chief on the links and their lessons.

“Sure, I’ll talk trash on the course, although it depends on whom I’m playing with. You have to know your opponent.”

Golf-wise, Trump had the equivalent of a log cabin birth.
Trump didn’t discover golf at a fancy country club (though he was attending a fancy grad school at the time): “I was going to the Wharton School of finance, at the University of Pennsylvania, and I had friends that were golfers. I’d never played golf—I always played baseball and football and stuff. And so I’d go out to Cobbs Creak, in Philadelphia, yeah, a public course, a rough course, no grass on the tees, no nothing, but it was good, and great people.”

Golf taught him an interesting definition of “great people.”
“All hustlers out there. I mean, more hustlers than any place I’ve seen to this day. I played golf with my friends, and then I started to play with the hustlers. And I learned a lot. I learned about golf, I learned about gambling. I learned about everything.”

These lessons, however, did not actually involve golf.
Very self-taught. Pretty much a natural golfer.”

And you couldn’t teach him anyway.
As written by a Trump employee in Golf Magazine: “When Donald hired me as senior director of instruction for all Trump properties, I figured we’d spend a lot of time together on the lesson tee. Not a chance.”

Because The Donald doesn’t need the help.
The article also notes: “The Donald will dominate you green to green… Many of the same elements that make Trump’s full swing work also make him an excellent bunker player… Trump is simply a brilliant putter.”

Seriously, you need to meet this Trump guy.
“At 6’3” and a solid 225 pounds, Trump is an athlete. He played prep-school football, soccer and baseball at New York Military Academy, winning the Coaches and MVP awards while captaining the baseball team. You can see his athleticism in his swing…” (This article was published without a byline, but it certainly feels like past efforts by Trump alter egos “John Miller“ and “John Barron.”)

“I’ve felt strongly that golf should be an aspirational game. It shouldn’t be a game for all strata of society.” 

The Cobbs Creek lessons did presumably include talking the talk.
“Sure, I’ll talk trash on the course, although it depends on whom I’m playing with. Some people don’t want to hear trash on the course—they like to play what I call ‘elegant golf.’ Other people would get bored stiff with that style. You have to know your opponent.”

And, to a lesser degree, putting your money where your mouth is.
“I’m not a big bettor. I’ve had bets that were for a lot. Once I was in China, and a group of very wealthy Chinese businessmen, we were playing at course, one of those that it’s millions to get in. It was a group of four guys who always play together, and one of them wasn’t there, so I was the fourth, and they wanted to play for $100,000 a hole. And it wasn’t that they were good players, one said he got 20 strokes, one said he got 15, and I had never seen them play. And I was saying to myself, wouldn’t I feel stupid wiring back home for money telling my financial officers, ‘Hey, I just lost a million dollars playing golf,’ and I’d never seen these guys play.’ “

Make that a much lesser degree.
“I don’t play for much money. We’ll play for $10, maybe $100 nassaus, usually. Pretty much that’s it.”

But he isn’t sure those public course people should be golfing at all.
“I’ve felt strongly that golf should be an aspirational game. It shouldn’t be a game for all strata of society.”

Golf can also be a place for compassion.
In 2015, Trump offered an unprompted defense of former President Clinton: “We’ve played a number of times. We have very different games. By the way, he doesn’t cheat. He will drop a ball, but he doesn’t make any bones about it. If he misses a shot —he doesn’t get to play very much— so he’ll drop a ball and hit a second shot. But he’s not saying he got a par if he didn’t get a par. It’s not like he’s trying to hide anything. I think he’s been treated unfairly.” (Since these comments, Trump has tweeted that Bill Clinton is “the WORST abuser of woman in U.S. political history.”)

Or cruelty.
“Recently, Rand Paul called me and asked me to play golf. I easily beat him on the golf course and will even more easily beat him now.”

“I don’t cheat at golf but Samuel L. Jackson cheats—with his game he has no choice—and stop doing commercials!”

Or you can just block it out.
In a 2012 interview with Q magazine, rock star Alice Cooper said: “The worst celebrity golf cheat? I wish I could tell you that. It would be a shocker. I played golf with Donald Trump one time. That’s all I’m going to say.” Trump responded: “I’ve never played with Alice Cooper. That’s a terrible thing to say about people, especially me.”

And block it out.
Gold medalist and boxing icon Oscar De La Hoya said of playing with Trump: “…the fourth ball he hits I know it went to the bushes. But Donald, what he does, he tees off first so he can take off right away. I pipe mine down the middle. So we go off to our ball, and who do we see? Donald Trump, right in the middle of the fairway.” Trump responded: “Not only didn’t I cheat, I didn’t play with him. I have never played a round of golf with this guy.”

And block it out.
When Samuel L. Jackson was asked if he or Trump was the better golfer, he replied, “Oh, I am for sure. I don’t cheat.” Trumped tweeted: “I don’t know @SamuelLJackson, to best of my knowledge haven’t played golf w/him & think he does too many TV commercials—boring. Not a fan.”

And unexpectedly recall.
Jackson revealed a copy of a bill from Trump. Anthony Anderson tweeted: “C’mon ‪@realDonaldTrump you played Golf with ‪@SamuelLJackson and me as well. we also had lunch together! shrimp and hot dogs. sound familiar?” And, just maybe, Trump went to YouTube and saw a clip where Jackson calmly discusses his frustration with the snakes on a plane and remembered: “Right, I did play golf with the man with the loudest acting style in Hollywood history.” In any case, Trump issued a new response: “I don’t cheat at golf but @SamuelLJackson cheats—with his game he has no choice—and stop doing commercials!”

When in doubt, have a scapegoat.
Perhaps both Trump and Jackson were both telling the truth. As Anderson put it: “Trump is a great golfer. I’m not going to say Trump cheats. His caddy cheats for him.”

Final golf metaphor that definitely trivializes gay rights, marriage in general and possibly even anchored putting.
“It’s like in golf… A lot of people — I don’t want this to sound trivial — but a lot of people are switching to these really long putters, very unattractive… It’s weird. You see these great players with these really long putters, because they can’t sink three-footers anymore. And, I hate it. I am a traditionalist. I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be gay, but I am a traditionalist.”

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