Those clubs, including The Trump National Golf Club, Winged Foot and Willow Ridge, apparently didn't want to anger their wealthy members by shutting down for the president on a Saturday morning during a holiday weekend, when presumably a lot of golf enthusiasts, who pay lots and lots of money to be members at these clubs, had pre-existing tee times. The White House apparently made its requests just a few days before Obama's fundraising trip to Rhode Island and New York on Aug. 29.
Nobody -- not the White House, or any of the golf clubs named in NBC's story -- have commented on the report, so there's nothing to suggest that, say, Donald Trump's golf club was motivated by anything other than a business decision (like, for instance, that time Obama made fun of Trump at a big fancy event or the fact that Trump believes the president might be a secret Muslim).
It's no secret, however, that Westchester County's rich residents were already miffed about the inconvenience of a presidential visit during their leisure time. The planned Presidential visit restricted takeoffs and landings for private jets using the county airport that hosted the President, snarling countless private planes planning to escape the greater New York area for Nantucket or the Hamptons, as Page Six lamented before the holiday weekend. (The last sentence is, literally, the definition of first world problems.)
The owner of Million Air, a private jet company using the airport, told CBS before Labor Day weekend that this was all quite a bother for him: “This is, you know, one of the busiest holiday weekends of the year, and this is the weekend he has to do this?” Weaver said, adding, “It’s an inconvenience for a lot of people, and they’re not happy.” Yes, this is a real quote. We checked.
Obama's inability to sneak in another 18 holes might explain a last-minute change to his travel plans for that weekend, too. Originally, Obama was going to stay overnight in the area to attend the wedding of MSNBC host Alex Wagner and White House chef Sam Kass on Saturday evening. Instead, he flew back to D.C. on Friday, and returned to New York on Saturday. The White House announced the change on August 28.
At the time, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that the change would allow Obama to "sleep in his own bed, do a little work tomorrow, spend some time with his family and then travel back to New York tomorrow evening to attend a private event." And, of course, not golf.