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Biden escapes his luxury St Croix villa to play golf

President Joe Biden broke cover Friday to play a round of golf with his grandson Hunter during his vacation on St. Croix.

Biden was pictured on the beachside course at the Buccaneer Hotel – where 18 holes costs $115 – wearing a bright blue baseball hat, a white polo shirt and navy shorts.

Photos show 18-year-old Hunter watching the president, who plays off a handicap of 6.7, hitting shots at the pin during the late afternoon round at the Caribbean resort.

It is the first time Biden has been seen outside the villa owned by a Democratic donor friend since he arrived on the U.S. Virgin Island for the break.

He has kept a low profile and had no public events on his schedule. However he did don a suit and tie on Thursday to sign the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill after it was flown down from Washington, D.C.

For Biden, it was the 20th golf outing of his presidency. At this point, former President Donald Trump – who owns a number of golf courses in the U.S. and abroad – had played 108 rounds.

President Joe Biden takes a swing as he golfs with grandson Hunter at the Buccaneer Hotel in St. Croix Friday afternoon 

President Joe Biden broke cover Friday to play a round of golf with his grandson Hunter during his holiday break on St. Croix

President Joe Biden broke cover Friday to play a round of golf with his grandson Hunter during his holiday break on St. Croix

President Joe Biden golfed with his grandson Hunter, the son of the late Beau Biden, at the Buccaneer Hotel in St. Croix Friday afternoon

President Joe Biden golfed with his grandson Hunter, the son of the late Beau Biden, at the Buccaneer Hotel in St. Croix Friday afternoon 

President Joe Biden and grandson Hunter Biden golfed Friday afternoon at the Buccaneer Hotel's course, which boasts waterfront views

President Joe Biden and grandson Hunter Biden golfed Friday afternoon at the Buccaneer Hotel’s course, which boasts waterfront views 

President Joe Biden is seen on the golf course of the Buccaneer Hotel Friday with grandson Hunter Biden (left, seated in golf cart)

President Joe Biden is seen on the golf course of the Buccaneer Hotel Friday with grandson Hunter Biden (left, seated in golf cart) 

President Joe Biden and grandson Hunter Biden played golf Friday at the oceanside Buccaneer Hotel on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands

President Joe Biden and grandson Hunter Biden played golf Friday at the oceanside Buccaneer Hotel on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Secret Service agents help President Joe Biden locate a lost ball during a game of golf Friday on St. Croix

Secret Service agents help President Joe Biden locate a lost ball during a game of golf Friday on St. Croix 

Hunter Biden, 18, the son of the late Beau Biden, was spotted driving the golf cart, while at one point Secret Service helped the president locate a lost ball. 

Eighteen holes at the oceanfront course goes for $115.  

The president, first lady, daughter Ashley Biden, her husband Howard Krein and grandkids Hunter and Natalie arrived on St. Croix Tuesday and will stay through the new year. 

The Bidens are staying at the St Croix home of billionaire Democratic donors Bill and Connie Neville, according to the White House. 

The Nevilles were among the 300 people invited to Biden’s state dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron on December 1.

The Bidens are not paying rent but staying as ‘guests’ at the home on Solitude Bay, a private community with its own beach. Houses there can sell for around $3million, according to property websites.

A luxury family vacation rental on St Croix can run up to $5,000 a night, according to vacation websites. 

The villa where the Biden family is staying sits on Solitude Bay, which has access to a private beach

The villa where the Biden family is staying sits on Solitude Bay, which has access to a private beach

The home is owned by Democratic donors Bill and Connie Neville

The home is owned by Democratic donors Bill and Connie Neville

Bill and Connie Neville are Democratic donors estimated to be worth a billion dollars

Bill and Connie Neville are Democratic donors estimated to be worth a billion dollars

The three-bedroom house has views of Caribbean and a private pool

The three-bedroom house has views of Caribbean and a private pool

President Joe Biden and family are staying for free at home of billionaire Democratic donor on St Croix - largest of US Virgin Islands

President Joe Biden and family are staying for free at home of billionaire Democratic donor on St Croix – largest of US Virgin Islands

The house has its own pool along with gorgeous views of the Caribbean. 

It also has private beach access.

The president has laid low since his arrival, using social media to publicize Thursday night that he had signed the 4,000-page, $1.7 trillion omnibus package to fund the government through September 2023. 

The bill had to be flown to Biden commercially from Washington.

‘Today, I signed the bipartisan omnibus bill, ending a year of historic progress. It’ll invest in medical research, safety, veteran health care, disaster recovery, VAWA funding – and gets crucial assistance to Ukraine. Looking forward to more in 2023,’ the president shared on Instagram. 

President Joe Biden, pictured with Jill Biden and granddaughter Natalie, arrived in St Croix on Tuesday evening to spend New Year's Eve in the sun

President Joe Biden, pictured with Jill Biden and granddaughter Natalie, arrived in St Croix on Tuesday evening to spend New Year’s Eve in the sun

The caption in this Instagram post from the official POTUS account read: 'The caption in this Instagram post from the official POTUS account read: 'Today, I signed the bipartisan omnibus bill, ending a year of historic progress'

The caption in this Instagram post from the official POTUS account read: ‘The caption in this Instagram post from the official POTUS account read: ‘Today, I signed the bipartisan omnibus bill, ending a year of historic progress’

Congress passed the massive budget bill last week but then it had to go through a complicated enrollment process that involves printing the text of the bill on  parchment paper, with a certificate page that is signed by the speaker of the House and the president pro temp of the Senate.

After that is completed, it is transferred to the White House for the president’s signature. It would have gone to the staff secretary’s office, which is responsible for all the paperwork the president must sign. 

It’s not the first time a piece of legislation has flown commercial to the president’s location. 

In May, a $40billion US package of assistance for Ukraine was sent with a staffer on a commercial flight to South Korea, when Biden was in Seoul for meetings with Asian leaders. 

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