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Newt Gingrich Is a Member of Donald Trump’s Very Exclusive Golf Club

NAPLES, FL - NOVEMBER 25:  Republican presidential hopeful and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich speaks to overflow crowds at a Hilton Hotel on November 25, 2011 in Naples, Florida. Gingrich discussed foreign policy issues and restated his position on illegal immigrants in the United States. Gingrich, who has rose in recent polls following strong debate performances, had been written off earlier this year and is now expected to do well in the Iowa caucuses in early January.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Newt Gingrich is a member of Trump National Golf Club in Northern Virginia. Membership fees are undisclosed, but when Trump took the property over, he promised a "very substantial" increase from the going $75,000 rate.

Gingrich's spokesman, R.C. Hammond, confirmed Newt's golf-playing and membership, but with a strange caveat: "I wouldn't call what Newt does 'golfing.' I would say it is closer to walking with an occasional use of a golf club."

But as it turns out, the Newt can actually golf, at least by the standards of Washington: He was No. 200 on Golf Digest's 2005 list of "Washington's Top 200."

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Photo: Spencer Platt/2011 Getty Images