Playing golf remains the number one lie men use when they’re having an affair

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir October 11, 2016 13:41

‘Playing golf’ is by far the most popular lie men use when they are having an affair, according to new data.

The research follows a similar survey carried out two years ago that found that 32 per cent of men who have an affair said they were playing golf when they were in fact meeting a different partner.

Now, a website that says it connects married people so they can have affairs has researched its users and found similar results.


Illicit Encounters polled more than 2,000 men and 34 per cent told their wives they were playing golf when they were meeting their mistress.

“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,” said spokesman Christian Grant.

“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 nine.

“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.”

Grant even suggested that the infidelity of Tiger Woods had inspired some men to use the game as an excuse, while one of the site’s users said he had bought golfing equipment to make the lie more believable.

“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,” he said.

The second most popular excuse was business meetings or working late at 27 per cent, 13 per cent said going to the pub, five per cent said going to the gym and four per cent said shopping.


Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir October 11, 2016 13:41
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