An Australian golf club refused to let former US president Bill Clinton play a round of golf because the course was too busy, its chief executive said yesterday.
Noel Stringer said an American claiming to represent Clinton telephoned the private Medway Golf Club near Melbourne in the southern state of Victoria on Thursday to ask if the former president could play within the hour.
After initially thinking it was a hoax, a staff member in the professional's shop explained he could not, because the course was hosting its midweek men's championship, Stringer said.
"We already had a hundred and something people on the golf course," Stringer told reporters. "The course was full. We had actually turned away some members."
He said Clinton would not have been aware of the club's refusal, first reported yesterday in News Limited newspapers, as his aides quickly arranged another course for him to play at.
Clinton's party rebuffed the report.
"Contrary to reports, no member of staff or traveling party ever called the golf course in question and we are not sure where the story came from," said Jay Carson, a spokesman for the William J. Clinton Foundation.