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East of Fife Golf Club. 

The East of Fife Golf Club was instituted in 1889.

They played their golf over a modest six-hole course adjoining Dreel Burn to the north of Pittenweem at Grangemuir. The club was dissolved after ten years.

The following report is from The Scotsman Monday 18th August 1890. “EAST OF FIFE GOLF CLUB – The first annual meeting of this club was held in Pittenweem Town Hall on Friday evening. Provost Gilchrist, as captain, presided. Sir Ralph Anstruther, Bart., of Balcaskie, was unanimously elected as captain; J Laurie, vice-captain; A Y Tosh, treasurer; W Smith, secretary. Provost Gilchrist presented the club with a chaste gold medal to be played for by the lady members only. The income for the year amounted to over £41, which sum had been all expended in putting the golf course in a thoroughly playable condition. A curling pond had also been formed on the east end of the course at an expense of over £12, this sum had been privately subscribed.”

The Anstruther & Pittenweem golfers found the site of this course to be in to remote a spot (access to Grangemuir was not easy at this time). In November 1890 the site at Billowness was identified and a meeting was called to discuss the formation of the current Anstruther Golf Club.

Despite this, a few hardy souls continued to play on the Grangemuir course.

Result of the second annual competition for the lady members of the East of Fife Club for the gold charm presented by Captain Gilchrist played on the afternoon of the 26th August 1891 on the Grangemuir course; Miss Annie Whyte, Pitenweem, 74 scratch; Miss Tosh, 86-5-81; Miss Marnie, 113-12-101; Miss A Marnie, 124-12-112. 

On Saturday 7th November 1891 the competition for the silver medal was played. Despite the good weather few competitors turned up to play. John Clacher, Pitenweem, won with a score of 89-5-84. 

Despite discussions regarding the site at Billowness the East of Fife club was still playing golf on the Grangemuir course in 1893. The monthly silver medal was played on Saturday April 1st 1893 at Grangemuir and was won by William Deuchars of Pittenweem with a score of 82-5-77. 

The annual competition for Captain Gilchrist’s Silver Trophy took place on Saturday 25th August 1894 at Grangemuir. The winner was John Urquhart, Grangemuir, with a scratch score of 85.