EXCLUSIVE: Barack Obama hits the course in Martha's Vineyard wearing a presidential 44 cap

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EXCLUSIVE: Barack Obama hits the course in Martha’s Vineyard wearing a presidential 44 cap with his age on ahead of 60th birthday bash at $12M mansion that was scaled back because of COVID

DailyMail.com photos show Barack Obama hitting the links at the Farm Neck Club Thursday ahead of his 60th birthday celebration in Martha’s Vineyard
‘Just make sure you get a good picture of me!’ Obama joked to our DailyMail.com photographers he enjoyed a round of golf with three friends
The former president emerged from the family’s $12million estate shortly after noon. Making the most of a break in the weather after a rainy start
Dressed in mottled navy polo shirt and navy slacks, Obama wore a navy baseball cap that bore the numbers 44 and 60 – a nod to his presidency and age
The party – which was initially set to welcome 500 guests – has been scaled back to a small gathering with close friends and family due to Covid concerns
DailyMail.com on Tuesday witnessed a procession of catering trucks rolling into the former president’s $12million home
Three large Big Sky Tents and Party Rentals trucks, which are supplying a canopy for the outdoor party, were also seen leaving late afternoon
It appears guests can also expect to enjoy fresh shellfish and seafood after a catering vehicle bearing Nancy’s Restaurant logo turned in
The original guest list included Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and George Clooney but it is not clear who, if any, of those have made the final cut Looking relaxed, and not a day over sixty, Barrack Obama joked with DailyMail.com, ‘Just make sure you get a good picture of me!’ as he enjoyed a round of golf, Thursday afternoon.

Seen for the first time since he turned sixty Wednesday, these exclusive pictures and video show the former president enjoying a round of golf near his home in Martha’s Vineyard.

The former president emerged from the family’s $12million estate shortly after noon. Making the most of a break in the weather after a rainy start to the day he took to the greens of Farm Neck Club on the edges of the town of Oak Bluffs.

Obama joined the club which boasts that it is ‘fully organic,’ with ground keepers using no chemicals or pesticides, in 2016.

The course also encourages caddies not carts and the president and his three companions towed the line and walked the course. Membership costs $12,000 a year on top of a $350,000 initiation fee and is currently at full capacity with 305 members.

Dressed in mottled navy polo shirt and navy slacks, Obama wore a silver trimmed navy baseball cap that appeared to be a light-hearted birthday gift and bore the numbers 44 and 60 – a nod to his presidency and age.

The former president cut a svelte and casual figure as he spent the afternoon with friends.

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Secret Service looked on from the course perimeter and former White House photographer Pete Souza was there on the course to memorialize the day as the man who clocked up more than 300 rounds as president indulged his passion for the game across five hours of play.

Meanwhile preparations continue for a scaled back birthday bash this weekend at the family’s waterfront property where the former president was to have hosted 500 friends, donors, former administration members, family and celebrities.

The Obamas were forced to drastically cut the guest list trimming it down to just ‘family and close friends,’ following a surge in the Covid 19 Delta variant that saw the planned party draw criticism from many quarters.

Yesterday DailyMail.com exclusively revealed that preparations were under way with equipment for tents and catering arriving at the top of the private road that runs down to the family’s estate overlooking the Vineyard’s Great Pond.

Today DailyMail.com has learned that the event is being planned and organized by KG Events & Design – a local company run by Massachusetts born sisters Kristen and Meghan Gosselin.

It is a dream role for Kristen who, when asked who she admired in an interview with local glossy ‘My Living Magazine’ a couple of years ago Kristen replied, ‘I mean, I loved Michelle Obama, everything about who she is is remarkable she’s an amazing woman.’

News that the party was being scaled down has been met with a mixed response in the island’s string of small towns including Oak Bluffs, Edgartown and Tisbury (also known as Vineyard Havens) and Chilmark.

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