| GEO World|
| Obama hits golf course to start vacation|
| Updated at: 1014 PST, Tuesday, August 25, 2009|
CHILMARK: President Barack Obama played tennis with his wife and golf with his buddies, starting his first vacation in office on Martha's Vineyard, a picturesque island known as a refuge for the wealthy and privileged.
Obama began the day with a workout at his rented retreat, then tennis with Michelle Obama, White House spokesman Bill Burton told reporters traveling with the president.
Obama later played golf with UBS Investment Bank President Robert Wolf and Chicago physician Eric Whitaker, both friends. White House aide Marvin Nicholson was also in the foursome.
White House officials have stressed that the president is on a private vacation and very little is planned. But the White House continued governing at full pace and with tremendous interest for All Things Obama, officials have trickled out a few personal details here and there.