Former US President Barack Obama was spotted playing a relaxing round of golf at one of the world’s best courses ahead of his appearance at a tech show in Spain. Obama arrived in Costa del Sol, Spain on Sunday ahead of the DES – Digital Enterprise Show 2022 in Malaga, which is scheduled to take place this week.
The former president is staying at the Finca Cortesín in Casares, where an average night costs more than $1,200, local newspaper Sur in English reported. He will be speaking on Tuesday at the event, which is reported to cost the area $31 million. But first the former president took the day off to relax with some rounds of golf at the swanky, world renowned golf course, the Real Club Valderrama, in Sotogrande.
The Real Club Valderrama (pictured) is one of the best known golf clubs in the world and located in the resort of Sotogrande, San Roque in the Andalusia region of southern Spain. It has a single 18-hole course, along with a 9-hole par 3 course.
Obama spent Sunday playing golf at the club flanked by an entourage of security guards.
Visitor rates at the golf course range are listed as $470 for 18 holes and $235 for PGA Professional Caddy. Buggy fees are about $62 each. Member rates are also available.
The former president will travel from Casares to Malaga, to host ‘A Conversation with Barack Obama,’ a question and answer session which is set to be the ‘highlight of the three-day congress on innovation and technology.’ The theme of the DES2022 Reimagine Business, and it is expected to attract around 12,000 people, but to attend the session with Obama, it’ll cost nearly $2,000 for an Honor Pass.
More than 500 experts from all over the world will be taking part in the event that will include 250 hours of talks, leadership summits and forums providing information about Artificial Intelligence, cybersecurity, virtual reality, 5G, and more.
Organizers told the local news that the aim of the congress is to ‘encourage the digitalization of businesses and administrations to increase firms’ competitiveness and promote economic and social development.’ The paper reported that the economic impact of the event on the area will be more than 30 million euros.
Meanwhile, back in the United States, Obama’s wife, former First Lady Michelle Obama, was spotted in New York City over the weekend taking time to enjoy the city with some of her girlfriends. Obama was seen coming out of one of the city’s most opulent hotels, The Pierre, situated across the street from Central Park as she was flanked by her Secret Service detail and escorted with the help NYPD police officers in convoy.
On Saturday afternoon, Michelle and her friends took the time to see the Broadway show ‘A Strange Loop’ at the Lyceum Theatre. The new musical which opened earlier this year won a Tony award for ‘Best Musical’ on Sunday.
While the Obamas continued their travels separately, their daughters were spotted out in California where the crippling cost of living in the US is taking its toll on almost everyone – even former First Daughters. Sasha Obama (pictured), 21, wore a rather pained expression as she filled up her car with gas on Monday, hours after the average national price soared to more than $5 a gallon for the first time in history.
Sasha was pictured pumping gas at a Mobil station in Los Angeles – where prices were listed at a staggering $7.69-per-gallon for Regular Unleaded and $7.79 for Premium Unleaded. The college student is though to be driving a Subaru Outback, an SUV that starts at $27,645 for a base 2022 model and goes up to $40,645 for the highest-end option.
Depending on the model that Sasha has, she would likely have had to fill it up with either Regular Unleaded or Premium; the 2022 models have an 18.5 gallon tank, which means the price of filling it up completely would have been over $142 for regular fuel, or more than $144 for premium at the station where she was seen getting gas.
Gas prices are up $1.94 from this time last year, spiking 50 cents in the last month alone, according to the AAA Gas Price Index.
California, where Sasha moved to during the pandemic after transferring from the University of Michigan to the University of Southern California, currently has the highest prices of any state in the US, with figures released on Monday revealing a state-wide average price of $6.44-per-gallon.
Speaking to reporters on Saturday, President Joe Biden – who served as Vice President to Sasha’s father, former President Obama for eight years – said Russia’s war in Ukraine was the blame for the surge in the cost in the price of oil and gas.
Last week, the Obamas oldest daughter 23-year-old Malia (pictured) was seen enjoying her California-cool lifestyle as she left a restaurant with friends in Los Angeles, keeping things casual in a vintage tee paired with black pants and Birkenstocks.
Malia, who is a writer on Donald Glover’s upcoming Amazon project, Hive, was photographed leaving the upscale Crossroads Kitchen in West Hollywood which serves small plates of vegan dishes in an elegant atmosphere. Malia relocated to Los Angeles for her first Hollywood gig.