He’s Grabbed His Balls, Swung His Wood and Got the Birdie, But He’s Not Even on the Course

  • ‘Playing golf’ is the most popular excuse that cheating men tell their wives when they’re off to meet their mistress’ (34%)
  • Other popular excuses include ‘business meetings / working late’ (27%) and ‘going to the pub with mates’ (13%).
  • Golf provides the perfect cover, as it can often take several hours, can be played on a regular basis without raising suspicion, and is also relatively weather-proof
  • The results come from IllicitEncounters.com, the UK’s leading dating website for married people and the leading authority on infidelity

Telling your wife that you’re off for a round of golf is riddled with sultry and salacious undertones, a new study has revealed.

According to IllicitEncounters.com, the UK’s leading dating website for married people and the leading authority on infidelity, telling your wife that you’re going for a few rounds of golf with your friends is the most popular excuse adulterers use when sneaking out to meet their mistress’.

In a survey of over 2,000 men, 34% said that they told their wife they were going to play 18 holes as a cover for their affair. Other popular excuses include ‘business meetings / working late’ (27%), ‘going to the pub with mates’ (13%), ‘going to the gym’ (5%) and ‘shopping for groceries’ (4%).

It’s a result that may surprise many, but Christian Grant, the site’s spokesperson, explains why it shouldn’t:

“Saying that you’re going for a round of golf ticks all the boxes. Firstly, it covers you for several hours, especially if you’re playing 18 holes and not 9.

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?

Thirdly, with golf a popular hobby among men, it’s much more likely that your wife will respect your space, especially if it’s your sole hobby – they’re far less likely to question their husband playing a sport than, say, going to the pub.

And, finally, it’s also relatively weather-proof, as driving ranges still operate even when the weather is a little sour.

I’d also be remiss if I didn’t mention Tiger Woods, one of the most infamous cheating celebrities of all time and a legend of the sport. We don’t want to say he’s had an influence, but at the same time, to say that he hasn’t had some sort of impact, however small, is just simply not true.”

Tony, 44, added:

“It doesn’t require much effort, really. But if you do want to go the extra mile, you can dish out on some relatively low-cost golf clubs, and maybe some gloves too, and that adds enough believability to your story that you’ve nothing to worry about.

I don’t really know anything about 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.”

The full list of excuses men use to meet their mistress’:

1. Playing Golf (34%)

2. Business Meetings / Working Late (27%)

3. Other (17%)

4. Going to the Pub (13%)

5. Going to the Gym (5%)

6. Shopping for Groceries (4%)


IllicitEncounters.com is the UK’s leading dating website for married people and the leading authority on infidelity. With over 1,000,000 genuine UK users since 2004, you’re sure to find your perfect match.

Established in 2004, we have been providing a meeting place for like-minded married and attached people for nearly 12 years. Our members have one thing in common – they are all looking for a little romance outside their current relationship. Whether that’s the occasional bit of flirtatious chat, a regular coffee date, or a full-blown affair, that’s up to them.

For comments, case-studies or more information, contact Christian Grant:

Email: presspr@illicitencounters.co.uk
Office: 020 7729 6098
Twitter: @cheatsafer