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Jun 20, 4:06 PM EDT

Obama spending Father's Day weekend on California golf vacation, despite drought


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RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) -- President Barack Obama is spending this Father's Day golfing in California with his high school buddies, while his wife and daughters are on a European tour.

Obama arrived in Palm Springs and headed straight for the course at the Sunnylands estate, which is closed to the public for the summer.

But a forecast high of 115 degrees wasn't keeping Obama and childhood friends Bobby Titcomb, Greg Orme and Mike Ramos off the fairways.

As California grapples with a crisis drought, the courses in the desert near Palm Springs have been criticized for their water use.

White House spokesman Eric Schultz responds that many courses have taken water mitigation steps aimed at conservation.

Schultz says Obama discussed the drought with California Gov. Jerry Brown in a meeting in San Francisco Friday.

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