When it's cold and grey in Blighty, it's warm, bright and sunny on the Costa del Sol!
That's just one of the reasons why the Costa del Sol is one of the best places in the world for golfing, whatever the time of year.
Aside from that, the Spanish sure know how to run a luxury golfing resort. Isn't it time you grabbed your clubs and made the short hop over?
Here's our rundown of the top 5 Costa del Sol golf courses.
1. Golf Torrequebrada
Golf Torrequebrada makes it to the top of our list for several reasons.
Firstly, there's the stunning design of the golf course, following the natural contours of the land, surrounded by low mountains. It's the perfect setting, and was designed by Pepe Gancedo, acknowledged as the 'Picasso' of golf course design.
This results in a challenging yet fascinating course that you'll want to return to again and again. Take advantage of the golf buggies - all kitted out with GPS and a touchscreen scorecard.
In terms of transport links, it couldn't be better - just a 20-minute drive from Malaga airport.
2. La Cala Golf
La Cala Golf, located in Mijas, is one of the best Costa del Sol golf courses - a fact that is acknowledged by its status as the home of both national and international tournaments.
If you fancy testing yourself, then there are three 18-hole championship courses for you to choose from. If you're still perfecting your game, then there's also a 6-hole setup and extensive practice facilities available on site.
After a 'hard' day on the course, why not head to one of their three restaurants to enjoy some traditional Andalusian cuisine and hospitality?
3. Mijas Golf International
Staying in Mijas, itself just 25 minutes by car from Malaga Airport, we come to the varied offering of Mijas Golf International.
The two courses on this site, Los Lagos and Los Olivos, provide a varied challenge for golfers looking to enjoy immaculate courses that still test your skills.
Los Olivos is particularly noted for the stunning scenery you can enjoy on your round, its woodland setting providing plenty to take in as you make your way through the course.
4. Santana Golf, Mijas
A beautifully crafted and maintained golf club, with courses suitable for beginners and seasoned players, Santana Golf is one of the best golf courses in Spain.
The course itself is picturesque, as groups of mature oaks and avocado trees are just some of the delights to enjoy as you stroll its walkable terrain.
5. Marbella Club Golf Resort
Costa del Sol golf doesn't get much better than the Marbella Club Golf Resort.
If you're looking for a bit more 'costa' from your golf course, then this is the place, with stunning views out over the sea. It was a wonderful country club feel, with the course itself nestled among the forest.
The Takeaway: Enjoying the Best Costa Del Sol Golf Courses
This is just a small sample of the best Costa del Sol golf courses - the choice is abundant, and the setting perfect.
If you're thinking about making a more permanent move to the area, make sure you check out our 'Living in Spain' section by clicking on the link.