Cypress Point Club

Pebble Beach, Calif.

J.F.K. had a lot of secrets, one of them being his love of golf because as a senator he often criticized President Eisenhower as caring more about his golf game than the country. But his cover was almost blown playing the LINKS100 No. 1 course just a few days before the 1960 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. Almost making a hole-in-one on the par-three 15th (pictured) was cause for terror not joy. “If that ball had gone into the hole,” he said to his playing partners, “in less than an hour the word would be out that another golfer was trying to get into the White House.”

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