President Donald Trump has personally paid for the installation of a "golf simulator" in the White House residence that allows him to play virtual golf games.

The Washington Post

reported Wednesday.

The post, quoting an unnamed White House official, said the president had not yet used the new system, which cost about $ 50,000 and has been installed in recent weeks, the official said. .

According to the newspaper, the simulator has replaced an "older and less sophisticated golf simulator" that existed at the White House during the term of former President Barack Obama.

Trump, who owns more than a dozen golf courses in the United States and abroad, has the habit of traveling seasonally most weekends to his Bedminster club at New Jersey or his property in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, often playing golf during his stay.

Last month, the president, not wanting to participate in leisure activities during the longest closure of the US history government,

hit his longest distance from a golf course

since taking office.

In his first two years in office, Trump

easily surpassed Obama's golf outings

during the same period. He notably reprimanded his predecessor on Twitter in 2014 by writing, "Can you believe that with all the problems and difficulties facing the United States, President Obama spent the day playing golf. "

In the 2016 election, he said he would have little time to play golf. "Because I'm going to work for you, I will not have time to play golf, believe me, believe me, believe me, people."

The Post noted that previous presidents had made special changes to the White House to meet their recreational needs, including an added bowling alley under former president Richard Nixon and a basketball court installed for Obama.