Farm Neck, Sweet Life, vacation favorites for President Obama

081113 Oak Bluffs, MA) Bystanders stands on the sidewalk and look as President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle dine at Sweet Life .(Sunday, August 11, 2013). Staff Photo by Nancy Lane — Nancy Lane

Updated 8:45 am Monday, August 12, 2013.

President Obama enjoyed an afternoon of golf at Farm Neck Golf Course and dinner out with friends at Sweet Life Cafe in Oak Bluffs Sunday, two places he has visited often during his Martha’s Vineyard vacations.

The President teed off at noon with White House trip director Marvin Nicholson, senior policy advisor on nutrition Robert Wolf, and White House chef Sam Kass.

Pool reporters and photographers observed President Obama approach the first green at Farm Neck, where he three-putted despite an enthusiastic effort to coax the ball into the hole with presidential body language.

The foursome finished the round shortly after 5 pm, and the president returned to his vacation house in Chilmark, according to pool reporters.

Just before 7:30 pm, the president and Mrs. Obama arrived at Sweet Life Cafe on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs to dine with a group of friends.

President Obama waved to a small crowd of people gathered in front of the Oak Bluffs Inn across the street as he stepped out of his vehicle. He bounded up the front steps with a smile and joined a group of seven friends waiting in a private upstairs dining room. The president chose grilled swordfish from the menu, according to a restaurant staffer. The White House did not release any information about the first couple’s dining companions.

At about 9:15 pm, the president and first lady came downstairs, and spent about five minutes chatting with the restaurant staff and posing for pictures inside the front entry, before leaving the restaurant.

A sizable crowd gathered while the president and his friends had dinner, and they cheered as he left the restaurant.