But a new survey has revealed that these are actually two of the top excuses male cheaters use when they're trying to get away from their partner for some stolen sexy time with a lover.
The unlikely reasons husbands and partners aren't at home could even include "grocery shopping" according to research of more than 2,000 men.
Playing golf is the most popular excuse which 34% of cheating men give their wives - when they're actually having an affair.
"I've got a business meeting" or having to work late are excuses offered by 27% questioned.
And 13% of bar hoppers claim they're ‘going to the pub with mates’ - when they're actually off for a seedy meet-up.
Many apparently believe that it is the decidedly unsexy sport of golf which 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 dating website for married people IllicitEncounters.com in a survey of more than 2,000 men.
Going to the gym was used by 5% while the unlikely 'shopping for groceries' was offered by 4%.
Illicit Encounters spokesperson Christian Grant says: "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."