President Obama plays 'Caddyshack' course with Alonzo Mourning

Barack Obama and Alonzo Mourning
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President Obama and former NBA star Alonzo Mourning played a Saturday round at Grande Oaks Golf Club in Fort Lauderdale, where the movie "Caddyshack" was filmed in 1980.
By John Holmes

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Saturday, November 09, 2013 | 6:49 p.m.

Al Czervik and Judge Smails were nowhere to be found. Danny Noonan and Carl Spackler must have been elsewhere. Nevertheless, President Obama teed it up on Saturday at the Florida golf club best known as the site of the great golf movie, ''Caddyshack.''

Yes, Obama – along with former NBA star Alonzo Mourning – played a morning round at Grande Oaks Golf Club in Fort Lauderdale, where Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield and that crazy gopher revolutionized the golf movie genre back in 1980.

Obama had arrived in South Florida on Friday for a trio of fundraisers, according to the Associated Press. He and Mourning were joined by former U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, a frequent Obama golf partner, and Cyrus Walker, the cousin of senior presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett, rounded out the weekend foursome, according to the White House.

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The President was scheduled to return to the White House after wrapping up his golf game, according to the AP report.

Grande Oaks, for its part, has undergone a number of ownership and name changes since the movie was filmed there. It is now a private club that, its website says, "offers members an exclusive atmosphere with some of south Florida's foremost socialites." The Raymond Floyd re-designed 18-hole championship course, 40-acre practice facility and southern-plantation style clubhouse "is truly a world where personal service is unobtrusive, yet always convenient, consistent, and distinctive."

Even so, the club is proud of its place in cinematic history – noting that it is the home of "Caddyshack" and offering a wide selection of souvenir items on its site.