U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth said that he and two of his playing partners marveled at how the round of golf they played Sunday was just like playing with their buddies.
"Except for all the Secret Service men around," Yarmuth said.
The added security came as a result of the other person in Yarmuth's foursome — President Barack Obama.
The president, whose affinity for the game is widely known, was joined by Yarmuth and two other members of Congress for 18 holes at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, the home of Air Force One, where Obama regularly plays.
"I played fair," Yarmuth told the Herald-Leader. "Not great, but we had a good time."
Paired with U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., Yarmuth lost the match to Obama and U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., but thanks to some aggressive betting on the back nine, Yarmuth and Perlmutter took $3 off the commander-in-chief and his playing partner.
"We ended up losing the match but won $3 because we pressed successfully," Yarmuth said, noting that he and Perlmutter won the last three holes.
The congressman said the foursome took the afternoon off from politics, leaving him time to just enjoy the game and the company.
"It was all pleasure," Yarmuth said. "We didn't talk any shop, and the president was just a joy to play with."