President Dwight D. Eisenhower didn't start playing golf until he was in his 30s, but he fell hard for the game. During his eight years in office he played more than 800 rounds. Over his lifetime Ike's handicap varied between 14 and 18, and he broke 80 on a handful of occasions. When it came to equipment, the President was a Spalding man, in deference to his good friend Bobby Jones, says Art Kennell, the former superintendent at Gettysburg (Pa.) Country Club, where Ike was a member. Kennell became Ike's personal Gettysburg caddie from 1955 to '66. Upon his death in 1969 Eisenhower left two sets of clubs to Kennell. The set pictured dates from the '50s and is one that Kennell gifted to Ike's golf buddy Arnold Palmer, who loaned the clubs to the World Golf Hall of Fame.
"Ike had very big hands," says Kennell, "and he used tape to build up his grips."
"Ike liked all of the fairway woods," Kennell says. "But the four-wood was his favorite club. A lot of times he teed off with it."