The White House putting green is located in a somewhat secluded spot on the South Lawn of the White House. The putting green came into existence when the American Public Golf Association came to President Eisenhower's rescue after he became frustrated with the crowds of tourists and motorists who would peer through the White House fence as he practiced his golf shots. All the attention prompted President Eisenhower to remark: "You know I get to the point, with everybody staring at me, when I want to go back indoors and pull down the curtains." (Lindop, White House Sportsmen). Eisenhower started playing golf several years before he was elected president and helped to popularize the sport in the 1950s.