Obama goes golfing again in Hawaii

President-elect Barack Obama, wearing a Chicago White Sox baseball cap, greets onlookers Monday after working out at the Semper Fit Center at the Marine Corp Base in Kailua, Hawaii. Gerald Herbert / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

Staying out of the public eye during an extended vacation doesn't mean staying away from the golf course for President-elect Barack Obama.

Into the second week of a getaway in his native Hawaii, Obama and a group including friends and an aide on Monday visited a private golf club near his $9 million rented, beachfront vacation home.

It was Obama's third trip to a course while on holiday. Accompanying him were Bobby Titcomb, a friend from high school in Hawaii, friends Martin Nesbitt and Greg Orme, and aide Eugene Kang.

Earlier in the day, Obama returned to a military gym where he has exercised every morning except Christmas since beginning his 12-day vacation on Dec. 20.

Obama, his wife, Michelle, and Nesbitt visited Marine Corps Base Hawaii's Semper Fit Center. Obama did not speak with reporters but greeted about two dozen visitors after his workout. He also posed for pictures.

Obama has sought to stay out of the public eye while here, opting for private meals at his vacation home or at a friend's house.

On Sunday, the family took a two-hour scenic drive north up Oahu's windward coast to Titcomb's Mokuleia residence, where they spent nearly seven hours.

Obama has no public schedule during his stay. Aides say he has been receiving national security briefings and speaking with transition officials.

Obama, his wife and daughters are due to return to Chicago on Jan. 1.