Golfers in Accrington came up with a novel way of beating the bad weather - teeing off with tennis balls.
More than 50 players swapped the small white balls for big yellow ones in a one-off tournament on Christmas Eve.
The ace idea came about after club professional Mark Harling, 42, challenged steward Trevor Foster, 51, in the clubhouse at Accrington and District Golf Club.
"He said to me 'do you reckon you can hit a tennis ball with a golf club' so I said 'let's find out'," said Trevor of Newton Street, West End, Oswaldtwistle.
"We went out and gave it a go and it was great fun, a real laugh.
"So we thought let's arrange a tournament. People thought we were mad at first but everyone has loved it."
The course has been covered in four to five inches of snow over the last few weeks and pro Mark, of Chapel Street, Rishton, said all the players were getting frustrated.
"You know what golfers are like - they just can't get wait to get out on the course," he said.
"So this was a great chance to get out and have a game and a bit of fun before Christmas."
Fifty-six players entered the tournament held on the back nine holes. The cups themselves had to be extended from around three inches to six to allow the tennis balls to drop.
"We had loads of interest including two England ladies and three professionals who took part, it really caught people's imagination," said Trevor.
The club was given over 100 free tennis balls by sports shop DW Sports after they heard of the idea. But pro Mark said hitting the ball was an experience in itself.
"It's certainly a challenge. It flies through the air okay but it only goes a maximum of about 80 yards and there's no bounce or anything when it pitches."