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Be warned: If you get to play with Joe, be ready for a wager to be includ-ed. “A side wager to stimulate the mind and the body,” Baca sniffed. “Some-thing reasonable.” Baca has played with President Clinton at Andrews Air Force Base, which has three courses. Were there Billigans? “He’d hit a bad shot and then he’d hit another,” Baca recalled. “After I hit a shot President Clinton asked if I wanted to hit another. ‘No, sir, Mr. President, I’ll just play my own ball.’ And I beat him. Then I had him sign the card, too.” Work First ven though golf can build a bridge for a relationship that creates respect and dialogue that leads to compromise, the heart of our E democratic system, it is also an activity that most politicians will want to play down, said Davis. After all, it’s a leisure activity, one associated with chummi-ness and back-room handshakes. Every year as Governor, Davis was invited to play in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, and every year he turned it down. When on vacation, he did play Pebble Beach, and he’s also played at the prestigious Cypress Point Club with Clint East-wood, a member. But he always kept a low profi le. “Because most people don’t want the governor playing golf,” said Davis, who now works with the Loeb & Loeb law fi rm in Los Angeles. “You might think it’s OK on Saturday or Sunday. It didn’t matter. They want you working.” The low-profi le approach is im-portant, but for a high-level political executive, golf is a good outlet. “When I’m on the course, I don’t spend one moment thinking about work,” said Davis, a member at Hill-crest CC. “I get totally immersed in the game. It’s a total release. You need that as a politician. You need it for the sanity.” In that perspective, the pres-sure of running a large public entity like the state of California, or, in the case of President Obama, the United States, golf is a refreshing but needed relaxation. Being an executive oversee-ing the functions of a state or nation’s government there are good breaks and bad, some of which no one can predict. “It’s like playing a golf course you’ve never played before,” said Davis of being governor. “You don’t know where the trouble is.” I Save Green, Buy Platinum Purchase your 2012-2013 Platinum Club Card for only $199 for Palm Desert Residents, $299 Non-Residents Our Platinum Club Card is one of the most sought after frequent player programs in the Coachella Valley. The sooner you buy the card, the sooner you can start enjoying its benefits. Visit for more information and to purchase your Platinum Club Card today. Platinum 2012-2013 Card * Club One Legendary Location... Two Unforgettable Courses For tee times 760.346.0015 Award-Winning Golf • Golf Outings • Weddings • Banquets • Scenic Dining Business Meetings • The Palm Desert Golf Academy 38-995 Desert Willow Dr • Palm Desert, CA 92260 30 | FORE Magazine | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 SCGA.ORG

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