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Barack Obama relaxes at swanky golf club in Spain ahead of tech talk

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.

Barack Obama arrived in Costa del Sol, Spain on Sunday ahead of his appearance at the DES - Digital Enterprise Show 2022, which will be held in Malaga on Tuesday, and was spotted playing golf at the Real Club Valderrama, in Sotogrande

Barack Obama arrived in Costa del Sol, Spain on Sunday ahead of his appearance at the DES – Digital Enterprise Show 2022, which will be held in Malaga on Tuesday, and was spotted playing golf at the Real Club Valderrama, in Sotogrande

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

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 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 and 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.

Obama smiles while playing golf on Sunday at Real Club Valderrama

Obama smiles while playing golf on Sunday at Real Club Valderrama

Obama spent Sunday playing golf at the club flanked by an entourage of security guards

Obama spent Sunday playing golf at the club flanked by an entourage of security guards

Obama looks on as he plays golf at the vourse. Visitor rates at the golf course range are listed as $470 for 18 holes and $235 for PGA Professional. Caddy and buggy fees are about $62 each. Member rates are also available

Obama looks on as he plays golf at the vourse. Visitor rates at the golf course range are listed as $470 for 18 holes and $235 for PGA Professional. Caddy and buggy fees are about $62 each. Member rates are also available

Obama walks along with another man at the course on Sunday ahead of the Digital Enterprise Show 2022 in Malaga

Obama walks along with another man at the course on Sunday ahead of the Digital Enterprise Show 2022 in Malaga

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.

The Real Club Valderrama 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

The Real Club Valderrama 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

The swanky club has a single 18-hole course, along with a 9-hole par 3 course

 The swanky club has a single 18-hole course, along with a 9-hole par 3 course

Last week, Obama was treated to an impromptu serenade by an all-female choir during his visit to the Danish capital of Copenhagen.

Obama was in town for the 2022 Copenhagen Democracy Summit when he heard a choir rehearsing on a balcony opposite Hotel d’Angleterre, where he was staying.

The curious former president called up and asked them what they were doing, to which the girls answered in chorus: ‘We are singing!’

Obama wished the choir to sing for him, to which – with some incredulity – they duly obliged, delighting the first black president and gifting the girls an unforgettable moment.

The Ung Klang choir sang a rendition of the tune ‘In Denmark I was Born’ to the former President, who waved to the group and gestured with his hand to one ear, saying: ‘Wow, that was fantastic!’

President Obama was with Obama Foundation Leaders from across Europe to close the 2022 Copenhagen Democracy Summit with a session entitled, ‘Democratic Organizing in the Digital Age’ last Friday.

He then participated in interactive workshops with various foundation leaders focusing on challenges the leaders face in their regions and ideas for high impact advancements.

Barack Obama was in town for the 2022 Copenhagen Democracy Summit when he heard a choir rehearsing on a balcony opposite Hotel d'Angleterre, where he was staying

Barack Obama was in town for the 2022 Copenhagen Democracy Summit when he heard a choir rehearsing on a balcony opposite Hotel d’Angleterre, where he was staying

Obama stopped and called up to ask what the girls were doing with characteristic endearing charm, and was himself charmed by the serenade they performed for him

Obama stopped and called up to ask what the girls were doing with characteristic endearing charm, and was himself charmed by the serenade they performed for him

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. 

Former first lady Michelle Obama visited Manhattan on Friday and Saturday and could be seen leaving the luxurious Pierre Hotel located across the street from Central Park

Former first lady Michelle Obama visited Manhattan on Friday and Saturday and could be seen leaving the luxurious Pierre Hotel located across the street from Central Park 

On Saturday afternoon, Obama took the time to see a Broadway show. Her security guards are seen opening her door

On Saturday afternoon, Obama took the time to see a Broadway show. Her security guards are seen opening her door 

Obama could be seen wearing a face mask upon exiting the Broadway show on Saturday afternoon

Obama could be seen wearing a face mask upon exiting the Broadway show on Saturday afternoon  

Obama's convoy could be seen parked up outside of A Strange Loop, won 'Best Musical' at Sunday's Tony Awards

Obama’s convoy could be seen parked up outside of A Strange Loop, won ‘Best Musical’ at Sunday’s Tony Awards

A number of Obama's girlfriends joined her in the SUV that was transporting the group about the city

A number of Obama’s girlfriends joined her in the SUV that was transporting the group about the city

Obama and her friends had arrived on Friday for their weekend in the city

Obama and her friends had arrived on Friday for their weekend in the city

Security was seen surrounding Obama as she made her way into her waiting SUV

Security was seen surrounding Obama as she made her way into her waiting SUV 

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, 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.

Sasha Obama looked less than thrilled as she filled up her car with gas on Monday - shortly after it was revealed that the average national price from gas has soared to a whopping $5.014

Sasha Obama looked less than thrilled as she filled up her car with gas on Monday – shortly after it was revealed that the average national price from gas has soared to a whopping $5.014

Last week, the Obamas oldest daughter 23-year-old Malia 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. 

Malia Obama, 23, was photographed at Los Angeles eatery in West Hollywood on Friday as she dined out with friends

Malia Obama, 23, was photographed at Los Angeles eatery in West Hollywood on Friday as she dined out with friends 

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