President Barack Obama, in town since Friday and fresh off a meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, left the Sunnylands estate Sunday morning for a little more golf. He didn’t have far to go. The destination was Porcupine Creek, the private golf course owned by Oracle co-founder and BNP Paribas owner Larry Ellison.
According to the Sunday morning White House pool report, Obama — along with childhood friends Bobby Titcomb, Greg Orme and Michael Ramos — arrived at Porcupine Creek promptly at 8 a.m. to kick off the outing. All indications are that the president will have near-perfect mild weather: Rancho Mirage is partly cloudy and 66, heading up to 87.
Three vans and several unmarked cars parked on Dunes View Road on Sunday near the gate of the 249-acre Porcupine Creek as Obama played golf.
Some neighbors, keen on seeing the president, sat on lawn chairs near the estate hoping to possibly catch a glimpse of the presidential motorcade when leaving the private golf course.
Obama arrived at Porcupine at 8 a.m. after leaving Sunnylands estate Sunday morning for some rounds of golf with childhood friends Bobby Titcomb, Greg Orme and Michael Ramos, according to a White House pool report.
With more than a dozen neighbors gathered to watch the presidential motorcade, Obama left the Porcupine estate golf course and returned to Sunnylands at 3:15 p.m., according to White House pool reports.
The 249-acre estate of Porcupine Creek, which once belonged to Tim and Edra Blixseth, sold in 2011 to Ellison for $42.9 million.
Oracle engineers were tapped in October, along with those from Google and Red Hat, to help the federal government fix the problems with the troubled HealthCare.gov website.
Ellison said at a Oracle shareholders meeting in October that the database giant felt it was its responsibility “as a technology provider in the technology industry to serve all of our customers, and the federal government is one of our customers, so we are helping them in every way we can.”
Ellison is also the father of 27-year-old film producer Megan Ellison, whose Annapurna Pictures produced two of this year’s Academy Awards best-picture nominees “American Hustle” and “Her” as well as the Wong Kar-Wai martial arts drama “The Grandmaster.”