If the passport is in mothballs and a golf break is in order then there are few better short break destinations than South Devon, the English Riviera.
With eight contrasting courses ranging from picturesque parkland to coastal links to rugged moorland in close proximity, a wide variety of golf is at your disposal.
Dartmouth Golf and Country Club is the ideal base for a break with 3* hotel accommodation plus 27 holes on site and a range of leisure facilities for the non-golfer, all just minutes from the historical town of Dartmouth.
The 18 hole Championship course was voted among the top 80 golf courses in Great Britain & Ireland.
The Jeremy Pern designed layout is a 7200 yard, par-72 track which has hosted the West Region PGA Championships on numerous occasions.
The Championship course opened for play in 1992 and is set in 225 acres of rolling countryside.
The strategic positioning of tees, meandering streams, 12 water features and undulating greens provide a stern test and there are some stunning holes.
After two par-fours to open, the third is a signature hole of French-based Pern. A stunning par three from an elevated tee which requires a medium iron over water to a green 60 feet below and 50 yards long.
If that wins full marks for aesthetics, then the fourth is 10/10 for toughness. A snaking par five, measuring 533 yards from the back tees with a fairway little more than a cricket pitch wide.
Oh did we mention the stream running along the left side and the out-of-bounds to the right. If you have negotiated the first 400 yards in play then you still need to keep your nerverwith an accurate approach to a green which is well protected by two ponds to the left and trees and shrubs to the right.
When you do get on the putting surfaces at Dartmouth there is no need to worry about unwelcome rolls, the Course Manager was selected to represent England in the finals of the 'Toro' Award for Excellence in Green keeping in Great Britain and Ireland.
There are many other highlights, the cunning fifth is a short par-three with well guarded water and bunkers, the seventh is another super par-three which measures over 230 yards from the Championship tees.
The back nine has a sequence of par fours in excess of 400 yards before the last - similar in design to the third with an elevated tee and water guarding the front. You will have a long iron or hybrid in your hand as it measures 244 yards from the back tee.
You must keep the ball in play at all costs at the Championship course and if you've played near to your handicap, you've done well.
A warm-up on the 2252-yard, par-33 nine hole Dartmouth course is not a bad shout and offers a more relaxing challenge while a driving range and other practice facilities can tune you up for the challenge ahead.
There are a plethora of options in the area, the coastal parkland course at Bigbury Golf Club, the tree lined fairways of Dainton Park Golf Club, the tranquil setting of China Fleet, the clifftop course at Churston Golf Club, the idyllic Old Course at Bovey Castle and the links course at Dawlish Warren.
But for a real contrast to Dartmouth, go to the highly acclaimed coastal course at Thurlestone.
Thurlestone was founded in 1897 on a massive rabbit warren, covered with scrub, brambles and gorse according to Peter Alliss in the Good Golf Guide. The BBC stalwart has also compared the course to Pebble Beach.
California sunshine is not certain but the first 12 holes follow the coastline and are true links allowing you to see for miles on a clear day.
The par-33 front nine, which was the original nine-hole course, measures only 2640 yards from the back tees but the last two holes are challenging par fours and if the wind is blowing, you will be thankful for the relative shortness.
The 3500-yard par-38 back nine includes a quartet of four par fives and you'll welcome the respite of the clubhouse if the weather is inclement after that stretch.
Whatever your selection of courses, you are sure for a treat and great 'Aprez-Golf' with Darmouth's medieval town packed with narrow streets full of restaurants and shops.
If you are looking to relax and unwind after a torrid day out on the course, Dartmouth Golf & Country Club also boasts a health spa including swimming pool, sauna, spa, and fully equipped gymnasium.
From as little as £105 per person you can enjoy a midweek golf holiday in Devon and full details are available with South Devon golf breaks.