The summer weather in the UK and Ireland may not be the most reliable, but it is normally good enough to allow the avid golfer a few rounds in short sleeves. However, come the start of October, the clouds tend to gather and even the hardiest of golfers are left rummaging around for polo necks, waterproofs and wooly hats.
As the reach of the low cost airlines stretches further around the globe, winter golf in the sun is now readily available. Many of the finest championship golf courses lie in wait, with the added bonus that the low season offers fantastic value for money. As the elements batter the shores at home, you can escape to the Algarve, Costa Del Sol, Morocco, Turkey or many other sun drenched golfing hot spots, and all you have to remember is to send a postcard to your shivering golfing chums at home.