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President Barack Obama is expected to play a round at Vineyard Golf Club when his family comes to the island for vacation.
President Barack Obama is expected to play a round at Vineyard Golf Club when his family comes to the island for vacation.jonathan wiggs/globe staff

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The Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown sits well off the street, away from view, and with one exception, doesn’t have any residences straddling the golf course. It affords the kind of privacy and strong golf challenge that has enticed President Barack Obama to play there as the club’s guest on a number of occasions. Although he also has played the daily-fee Mink Meadows Golf Course in Vineyard Haven and Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Obama appears to prefer the Vineyard Golf Club. He made his first visit when he was a senator from Illinois, and has played here multiple times during three previous vacations as president. The club is expecting Obama again later this month, when he and his family have another Martha’s Vineyard vacation planned.

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