Returning to his old home, his old church and his favorite golf course, President Clinton had so much fun here Sunday that somebody finally asked if he was sorry he ever left Arkansas.

"Not on most days," the president said after thinking about the question for a moment.But Sunday clearly was the type of day he misses.

It started with an early morning walk through his mother-in-law's neighborhood. Coffee in hand, he strolled along the quiet streets, admiring the blooming wisteria and stopping to chat with a group of girls in their Sunday dresses.

After a quick change of clothes, he headed to the Arkansas governor's mansion, the state-owned house he called home for 12 years.

"It's been a wonderful visit so far. It's nice to be back here," he said, posing with four former Arkansas governors and the current chief executive, Jim Guy Tucker.

Aides said Clinton wandered around his old house, checking out the changes Tucker has made. He also got a sneak preview of a bust of himself that will be put on the mansion grounds.

Clinton clearly was not in the mood to talk shop.

Asked about the prospects of the baseball season resuming soon, he said only, "We're hopeful. It looks like they're trying to work it out and they ought to work it out and play ball."

He dodged a question about the two Americans being held in Iraq. "This is not a press conference," he said with a laugh. "It's just a pretty day."

He left the mansion and drove a few blocks to Immanuel Baptist Church, where he sang in the choir for 12 years before becoming president. Seated six rows from the back of the church, Clinton puffed out his chest and sang, "How Great Thou Art" just like the old days.

The Rev. Rex Horne, who Clinton still talks to by telephone about once a week, welcomed the president back and urged the congregation to "pray for his safety and family."

The president and Horne had brunch at a local hotel after the service. Clinton went directly from lunch to Chenal Country Club, where he golfed under sunny skies with Sen. David Pryor, D-Ark., and Richard Mays, a Little Rock attorney.

Clinton was planning to return to Washington on Tuesday morning, just in time for his meeting with British Prime Minister John Major, who still bristling over Clinton's embrace of IRA ally Gerry Adams during his recent visit to the United States.

Clinton will spend Monday night in Little Rock and along with a group of friends will watch his beloved Arkansas Razorbacks play in the NCAA tournament final against UCLA.

He was staying at the house of his mother-in-law Dorothy Rodham during the weekend.