|Camp David golf hole near the Aspen Lodge - 1961|
Wanting to enjoy his favorite game at Camp David, President Eisenhower asked golf architect Robert Trent Jones to design a golf hole modeled after greens at his favorites golf courses: Augusta National and Burning Tree.
|This 1955 Sports Illustrated graphic shows four tees|
Sports Illustrated article written in 1955 that describes a hole with four tees. According to the article, Jones had about 140 yards to work with. He built a green and created four tees:
- Tee #1: 100 yards distant and 15 feet above the level of the green
- Tee #2: 140 yards distant, 20 feet above
- Tee #3: 120 yards distant, 20 feet below
- Tee #4: 80 yards distant and 15 feet below
|President Ford playing golf at Camp David on Labor Day Weekend - 1974|
|President Ford playing golf with Mike Ford at Camp David - June 1975|
The McDonald Design Group of Jessup, MD lists the "Camp David Presidential Retreat" as one of their clients. According to their website, the "Renovation of the short game practice facility" was completed in 1996. That explains why the satellite image of the Camp David golf green shows a different layout than the one above pictured in Sports Illustrated.
|Driving range is located in the helicopter landing zone|
President Eisenhower had a driving range built near the helicopter landing zone. On the photo to the right, you can see the 250 yard marker in the left background.
The PEI Online Journal reports that New Jersey based Savage Associates were contracted to bury the above-ground fueling system near the Camp David helicopter landing zone because President Clinton kept hitting it with a golf ball.
Related post: I wrote about the tradition of driving golf carts around Camp David in another post.
|President George W. Bush throwing a baseball in front of the Aspen golf hole - October 2001|
|Google Maps satellite view of the Camp David golf green|
|Google Maps satellite view of the driving range / helicopter landing area at Camp David|
Sources: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library; Eisenhower Presidential Library; Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library; Sports Illustrated; PEI Online Journal; McDonald Design Group; whitehouse.gov; Google Maps; National Archives