He’s driven Exxon out of his country and suggested former U.S. President George W. Bush was the devil incarnate.

But Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez really teed off the State Department with his latest outrage — calling golf a bourgeois sport.

“My position, independent of what anyone else thinks, is that it’s a bourgeois sport,” the baseball-loving Chavez told his weekly television audience in July.

GOLF-OPEN/“There is no justification for having a golf course in the middle of a city, when there is such a shortage of land for housing for the people, including the middle class.”

Since his comments, The New York Times reported on Tuesday, pro-Chavez officials have moved to close two of Venezuela’s best-known golf courses — in Maracay and Caraballeda.