History & Museum

Tam O'Shanter Country Club

Not many people realize the significant role that George S. May and his Tam O'Shanter Country Club played in popularizing the sport of golf in America.  May was able to draw some of the most competitive fields of the era by offering tournament prize purses that were 5-10 times more than other professional tour stops.  His World Championship of Golf tournament in 1953 was the first to ever be televised nationally.  Viewers across the country were treated to a thrilling finish, as Lew Worsham holed out from 104 yards on the final hole of competition to win by a single stroke!  

Lew Worsham         Lew Worsham Victory

Lew Worsham publicity postcard (left) and victory photo with wedge used on winning shot (right).

 

Other famous golfers to tee it up at Tam O'Shanter include:

• Sam Snead • Ben Hogan • Patty Berg • Babe Zaharias • Byron Nelson 

• Chi Chi Rodriguez • Billy Casper • Jack Nicklaus • Arnold Palmer • 

 

Check out a more detailed history of the course HERE.

 

Tam O'Shanter Golf History Museum

7680 Caldwell Ave. Niles, IL

On the main level of the Tam Golf Learning Center you can browse through over a hundred pieces of golf memorabilia from the historic Tam O'Shanter Country Club.  We're honored to be able to show off authentic photos and one of a kind items from the 1940's and 50's All-American and World Championship of Golf Tournaments hosted here by George S. May. 

 Publicity Shot for 1945            Byron Nelson Lt Col Walter Jeffrey

George S. May promoting 1945 tournaments (left) and with Byron Nelson (right).

 

Display pieces include large photo collages commemorating specific tournaments, old country club items owned and donated by former members, original clubhouse chairs, and even awards presented to George S. May from professional players and golf organizations.

 Display

Certificates from the Western Golf Association and a silver plate from the Japan Golf Association presented to George S. May.

 

Visitors will also have the opportunity to view a movie produced by George S. May chronicling the story of the country club & tournaments hosted here.

Many of these items came directly from the May family to keep the rich history of Tam O'Shanter alive for generations to come. 

Tam O'Shanter Golf Course | 6700 Howard St. | Niles, IL 60714 | (847) 965-2344

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