PALM CITY, Fla. -- President Barack Obama is keeping a tight lid on details surrounding his Treasure Coast golf getaway this weekend at the ultra-exclusive Floridian.
But the murmurs from locals are getting louder, as they wonder how their weekends will change once Air Force One touches down at Palm Beach International Airport on Friday evening.
White House officials have stayed mostly mum, saying only that Obama will be in Palm City Friday through Monday.
Three local officials confirmed with Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers the president will head to the Floridian, where members have been told to expect delays at the gate and be prepared to show identification.
No disruptions due to the trip are expected on Martin County roads or waterways, said Sheriff William D. Snyder.
The ritzy club straddles the Martin-St. Lucie County line and was bought in 2010 by Houston Astros owner Jim Crane, who was generous toward Obama's re-election. Crane bought the club from H. Wayne Huizenga, the former Miami Dolphins owner, and golf legend Gary Player helped design the track. The course has a couple of tucked-away gate entrances off N.W. Gilson Road where Becker Road dead-ends. It snakes along the St. Lucie River to the East.
Bill Wallace, Martin County resident and owner of Wallace Automotive Group, said he's been a Floridian member since Huizenga founded the course in 1996. The membership is a who's who of Fortune 500 business leaders, athletes, politicians, celebrities and more, he said. And though Obama and Wallace — a conservative — vastly differ on political views, the Florida native appreciates the President's appearance.
"It's the President of the United States," Wallace said. "He's coming to Martin County, we all love Martin County. We live here. We should all be flattered that the President of the United States wants to spend his vacation time here."
Crane's support came in the form of checks totaling $35,800 for the Obama Victory Fund 2012, $30,800 for the Democratic National Committee last year, and $5,000 for Obama for America, federal election records show.
Obama has been making campaign-trail style stops to tout his reforms since his State of the Union address Tuesday. But his Treasure Coast trip doesn't include any public events, per White House reports. According to Golf Digest, Obama will work on his swing with renown coach Butch Harmon, who famously helped Tiger Woods early in his career. The golf pro and his son have set up shop giving lessons at the Floridian.
A White House press secretary said Obama is in the right to take some time off, even though big automatic cuts to defense and domestic budgets kick in March 1 without a deal.
"The president of the United States is the president of the United States 24 hours a day, and will fulfill his responsibilities as president even while he's getting some well-deserved downtime with some friends this weekend," Josh Earnest told reporters traveling with Obama. "I don't think the American people will begrudge him that."
It'll be at least his 114th round of golf since taking office and will add to his 83 vacation days, according to USA Today White House reporter David Jackson.
Obama is far from the most frequent golfer of among presidents, according to Good Morning America:
Woodrow Wilson reportedly played about 1,200 rounds during his presidency. Dwight Eisenhower is the runner-up at 800, according to his memorial commission.
So far, it appears the footprint for Obama's weekend will be minimal. Traffic flowed freely outside the club on a rainy Thursday, with no signs of federal agents blocking the way.
The Martin County Sheriff's Office has not been asked to close any waterways or county roads in preparation for President Barack Obama's weekend golf outing, said Snyder.
"Whatever the Secret Service has requested we have done," Snyder said. "We are providing any assistance they've asked for."
Snyder said residents should go about their normal weekend routine.
"There will be minimal inconvenience for Martin County residents," he said.
Snyder confirmed Martin deputies will be involved with the presidential detail, however he declined to say how many.
A local cost for providing security has not be tabulated.
"The safety of the president of the United States while he is in Martin County is of paramount concern," Snyder said. "If there is a cost associated with it. We will deal with the cost."
Scott Cassady, dockmaster at Harbor Inn & Marina, and Jane Cornett of the North River Shores Property Owners Association, both of which are across the North Fork of the St. Lucie River from the Floridian, said they haven't been notified by the Secret Service or other agencies about possible limits on access to the water during Obama's visit.
"Haven't heard a peep," said Peter Upton, whose home is on the North River Shores waterfront slightly northeast of the country club.
"So far, no one's called about getting a table," said Cristina Maresca, co-owner of Ristorante Claretta in
Palm City, a favorite eatery of celebrities visiting the Floridian. "If they want to come this weekend, I hope they call soon. We're usually very busy on weekends, and I wouldn't want the president to have to wait on a table."
Would she really make the leader of the free world wait to be seated for dinner?
"I can usually find a table for friends and regulars who come at the last minute," Maresca said. "Why not for President Obama?"
Staff writers Keona Gardner and Tyler Treadway contributed to this report.