Founded in 1882, Gullane GC has three golf courses on a magnificent stretch of east coast links, with the No. 1 Course being the most famous. The climb up the Gullane Hill is well worth the effort, for views across the Firth of Forth and over the links of Muirfield. The hill makes Gullane unusual for a links course, with one or two climbs, but they are far from daunting, and the pleasure of playing back down is more than adequate compensation. This course is often mentioned as “the finest test in Scotland that has not hosted the Open Championship”, along with Royal Dornoch (too far away) and Western Gailes (too close to Troon). This is often the site for Open qualifying, however. Occasional carts are available, but most people take a caddie (reserve in advance). The No.1 course is par 71, and maximum handicap is 24 for gents, and 30 for ladies.