Well, well, well. It’s stuff like this that gives us golfers a bad name!
However, it turns out that the most common excuse men give to cover up an affair is… playing golf.
That’s according to Illicit Encounters, the UK’s leading married-dating website, which specialises in creating a non-judgemental, no-pressure environment for its members – of which there are more than one million – who are all looking for a little romance outside their current relationship.
The site surveyed 2,000 of its members about what their preferred excuse was when having an affair, with more than a third of respondents citing golf. Here are the full results below:
• Playing golf – 34%
• Meetings/working late – 27%
• Going to the pub – 13%
• Going to the gym – 5%
• Food shopping – 4%
• Other – 17%
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Illicit Encounters spokesperson Christian Grant told the Mirror: “Saying that you’re playing golf ticks all the boxes. Firstly, it covers you for several hours, especially if you’re playing 18 holes and not nine.
"You can do fairly consistently without raising too much suspicion" - Christian Grant
“It’s also something you can do fairly consistently without raising too much suspicion. For example, your wife would eventually begin to question you if you kept citing business meetings as your excuse - how many business meetings can someone realistically have, and after work no less.”
A survey respondent named Tony added: “I don’t really know anything about playing golf, but neither does my wife, so if she ever asks me how it went, I can usually improvise my way through it by using some basic golf terminology; ‘it was good, but the bogey on hole 15 cost me the victory’ – that usually does the trick.”
Playing golf :: Excuses
Are you surprised by the findings of this survey by Illicit Encounters? Or does the length of time for playing golf make it the perfect cover-up? Leave your thoughts in the 'Comments' section below.