While Britain is a nation of golf lovers, new research suggests that the clubs of many are gathering dust in cupboards as opposed to being taken out on to the fairway.
According to a new study by LV=, although one in five households has at least one set of golf clubs, 50 per cent of these have not been played with in the past six months.
Research by the company also shows that more than £10.4 billion worth of tennis, squash and badminton racquets and bicycles are also lying dormant in Britain's households.
An unusual wave of refreshing rain has fallen across parts of Spain this week.
The golf courses of Spain are set to benefit as the uncommon showers continue into the weekend, meaning springy surfaces for those taking flights to Spain for golfing breaks later this month.
According to the Meteorology Institute, there has been 40 per cent less rain than usual in Spain since October 1st 2007, the Times reports.
While the rain falls this week, those planning holidays in Spain this summer can look forward to sunny skies.
Turkey has "some catching up to do" if it intends to rival Spain in the golfing holiday stakes, it has been reported.
According to Easier, the Turkish Golf Federation is hoping to add 100 new golf courses to its country's current total of fewer than 20 golf greens.
However, Spain's European golfing monopoly does not look under threat as yet.
The Costa Del Sol is one of Spain's most popular golf regions, boasting 45 golf courses.
Britons are becoming increasingly interested in purchasing property in Spain as golfing holidays become ever more popular, it has been reported.
According to Homes Worldwide, global golf tourism is worth in the region of an annual 10 billion.
The popularity of golfing breaks is also reported to be growing at a rate of two and a half times the speed of other leisure-based travel.
The company reports that golf in Spain in particular is popular, reflected by the developments built around golf courses including hotels, restaurants, spas and other amenities.
Female golfers in the UK may be tempted to take a golfing holiday in Spain after watching Trish Johnson and Rebecca Hudson take England forward to a one-stroke lead at the European Ladies Golf Cup near Alicante.
Rebecca Coakley and Martina Gillen of Ireland now trail the leaders at five under par 67.
"Trish played great, she was very steady. We gelled very well together, with the worst score being a par on a hole - you can't really complain at that," Hudson commented, according to the Press Association.
Sunderland football club manager Roy Keane has laid down the law and insisted that when his team boarded their flights to Spain on Sunday (March 31st 2008) it was not for a Spanish holiday.
Keane said that the trip was strictly for football training purposes as the club continues its fight to stay clear of the Premier League relegation zone.
And despite the popularity of golf in Spain, Keane insisted that the trip was no golfing holiday.
"Some people mentioned golf clubs to me but the fact is it's a training camp.
Golf breaks to Spain are popular, it has been revealed, with Monarch Airlines being revealed to be a popular airline with whom to take flights to Spain for such golfing holidays.
The airline was named Official Airline Partner for two large golf shows - London Golf Show and the NEC Golf Show in Birmingham.
According to Monarch, 78 per cent of golfers that fly with it take two or more overseas golf holidays a year.
"Research that we conducted in 2007 has proven golf as one of the leading hobbies for Monarch customers, which is reflective of the destinations to which we fly throughout Europe," managing director of Monarch Airline's scheduled division Liz Savage commented.
Ex-England and Arsenal footballer Ian Wright would not be disappointed with a golf holiday in Europe, it has been revealed.
Talking to the Telegraph, the Match of the Day presenter described that his perfect holiday would feature golf and sunshine - two things that can be found on a holiday at La Manga Club.
"Wrighty" also revealed that he is a creature of habit when it comes to holidays, preferring to frequent the same area again and again.
He added that he was also sentimental about possessions, such as a battered old straw hat that he takes everywhere.
A new travel trend could spell golf holidays in Spain for men and spa breaks for women, it has been reported.
According to Marie Claire, a babymoon is a holiday taken by expectant couples who want to spend some quality time together before their new child is born.
The magazine reports that babymoons are a time for mums and dads to be to get much needed rest and relaxation before their baby is born and the sleepless nights begin.
"A babymoon is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some quality time together and to reflect upon the new challenges and exciting life changing experience ahead without the pressures of everyday life getting in the way," commented a spokesperson for the InterContinental Mar Menor.
The Costa del Sol is the golf capital of Spain, according to one commentator.
Carrington Estates notes that it is the region's climate in particular attracts Brits to golf holidays in Spain.
The company also notes that the Costa del Sol has the largest collection of golf courses in all of Europe, currently numbering about 60.
Andalucia in particular is inundated with courses for those on golf weekends, boasting 93 of the country's 359 golf courses.