Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) joined Obama, who usually plays golf with aides or friends from Chicago, on the golf course at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.
Obama, who has the highest handicap in the group, teamed up with Udall, who has the lowest. They were beaten by Corker and Chambliss, aided by the Georgia senator's hole in one on the 11th hole.
Both Republicans have both expressed some willingness to compromise with Democrats on a deal. But according to the pool report, the discussion centered on golf, not legislation.
“With the major fiscal issues our country is facing, not to mention foreign relations issues around the world, anytime you can get the president’s ear for a few hours, I think that’s a good thing," Corker said in a statement to the Post.
“We had a delightful day of golf with folks who enjoy playing the game. We talked some business, but it was mainly a day for everyone to get away from the office for a little while," Chambliss added.
Obama has tried this kind of diplomacy once before; in 2011 he played with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). But, as The Fix noted last week, that game was an exception to the rule -- Obama almost never golfs with members of Congress. Democrats have publicly and privately criticized the president for not forming better relationships with lawmakers.
"He's willing to try anything," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters at the daily press briefing. Photographs were allowed, a sign that the White House is hoping to get some press out out of the gesture.
Udall is considered one of the best golfers in Congress; a 2011 Golf Digest ranking listed him on top with Corker not far behind. Chambliss also is an avid golfer -- like Obama, he has faced somebad press for the amount of time he spends on the links.