Niles Illinois Golf Courses

Tam Golf Course

Featured Golf Course Review:
Tam Golf Course -- Nice little course
Review by: RT Before the village of Niles took over the course (I believe in the late 60's) this was once Tam O' Shanter Country Club of PGA fame. Unfortunatly the village only bought one part of the parcel of land which contained the original clubhouse and a few of the holes (the majority of the holes were located south of Howard Street now an industrial area). The course is kept in very nice shape and has a couple of the old greens still remaining. The best hole (and one of the originals) is the par 3 sixth. A branch of the river winds up the left side of the green while a large deep sand trap guards the right. The only glaring downside to this course is that every fairway but one, parrellels the other. You keep going back and forth.
From NW IL

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Evergreen Golf & Country Club -- Rolling Hills
Review by: Bill Cronin I found the Evergreen Golf course to be a very interesting course and one of my favorites yet. There are a couple of simple holes scattered throughout the course, but I find that most of the holes on the course have challenging bends and difficult elevations to work with. A couple holes are less than 120 yards from the whites with large elevation changes. While other holes are more than 520 yards from the whites with double dog legs and well placed bunkers. I find the most challenging holes, however, are the mid-range holes that traverse through the woods, forcing you to use low-lying clubs to avoid the tree line, but also forcing you to avoid staying too low to the fairway (The rolling hills give you numerous blind shots if you land at in the valleys between them.) The greens are on the slower side because of the type of grass they use, so make sure to add a little to your shots when you're on the lawn. The lack of water hazards (only 3 holes with little ponds) means well for those who tend to end up in the water during game play. Beware of the sand traps! The dense consistency of the fairway sand makes getting out easy, but on the shorter holes with high elevations the traps tend to be extra soft and excess in heights of 10 foot elevation changes from front to back, which again creates very difficult exit shots - especially when the majority of your shots from these spots make you blind to the pin. The accommodations are nice with a little sports bar and concession stand at the club house and the tee fees are very reasonable ($35.00) No tee time is needed. Keep in mind these simple guides: the rolling hills, slow greens, soft sand traps, low tree-line, and the importance of timing your shots around the occasionally passing by train, which splits through the middle of the course, and you'll be a pro in no time.
From Hinsdale, IL USA