There are no tam o’shanter caps as teeing ground markers on Tam-O’Shanter Golf Course’s, most difficult hole, which is the first hole. In fact, tam o’shanter caps are lacking on every hole for this nine holes golf course. (Tam-O’Shanter Golf Course is at 6700 W. Howard Street in Niles, Ill.)
Having a #1, course hole handicap, the first hole is par four. (This golf course lacks any par five holes.) From the rear, Blue teeing ground, the average distance to the putting green is 404 yards. Three hundred ninety-four yards is the average distance to the putting green from the middle, White teeing ground. From the front, Red teeing ground, the average distance to the putting green is 350 yards. The first hole is also the longest hole.
Beginning from elevated (Do not look for elevators or escalators; the teeing grounds’ levels are elevated above the fairway level.) teeing grounds, golfers will need to fly their golf balls over the water hazard (At this point, this is a regular water hazard, not a lateral water hazard.) that is approximately 50-100 yards in front of them as they look toward the putting green. Golfers who properly drive with drivers, 3-woods and 5-woods can fly over the water and place their golf balls within 200 yards of the putting green. Golfers who improperly drive with 1-irons, 2-irons or 3-irons may slam their drives into the water.
From the teeing grounds, this fairway has a very slight, right dogleg. (This dogleg is more obvious from the White and Red teeing grounds than it is from the Blue teeing grounds. From approximately 120 yards to 150 yards, this fairway has an upward slope. From there to the putting green, this fairway has a downward slope. Medium-height trees are on both sides of this wide fairway.
The putting green has a biomorphic shape like a green amoeba. This putting green is large, and according to scorecard drawings, the largest green on this course. This green has two, medium-large sand bunkers, one on each side. The one on the left resembles an upside-down, sock for a right foot. The one on the right resembles a left foot footprint.
Golfers who play Tam-O’Shanter Golf Course should not expect to see anyone wearing tam o’shanter caps. Perhaps the founder liked to wear such caps. Perhaps, this golf course’s, original layout had putting greens and teeing grounds in the shapes of tam o’shanter caps.