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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Old Orchard Country Club -- Leave the Driver in the Bag
Review by: RT Leave the driver in the bag is the best way to approach many of the holes on this short but difficult course. As you can see by the yardage it is not long, but take one look at the slope rating and you will see that you are in for a test (from the tips). Putting the ball in play off the tee will save you many strokes versus knocking it in the many, many trees which line the fairways. Number 1 is a perfect example, put the big dog away, and hit it down the middle with your 3 wood. No sense starting off with a big number. Number 3 is a test of your mid-irons. It goes over ponds to a narrow green. Long is definately not good as you will go over a mound (hill) guarding the back of the green. Your chip back will not be fun (Mickelson would have a challenge with that one). There are many good holes, but I believe the signature hole is the par 3 17th. They are in the process of re-doing the hole, but it is still great. From the tips you have to thread your tee shot through trees to a green guarded on three sides by water. Sound easy? Oh, did I mention that this par 3 is 230 yards long? Tough hole. The course is a little pricey, but check, they usually have early morning deals during the week and it's a bargin.
From NW IL