About Us

Did you know that our company has been voted “Best Pro Shop” in Southwest Chicago? This distinction is one we are proud of at Palos Golf because it shows that our company is respected in the community we serve. Customer service is at the crux of what we do and it is our goal to make sure every customer enjoys the sport of golf.

The Origins of Our Discount Golf Store

Since 1976, our family-owned business has been an independent retailer of brand-name, quality golf products. Tom and Nancy Thoss were joined at Palos Golf by son Brett in 1993 after he successfully ran Badger Golf for several years in Madison, Wisconsin.

From the start, golf has been in our blood. Our family was involved in the golf wholesale distributorship business in Chicago. Beginning in the 1940s, Nancy’s family owned Northern Golf Ball Co. and a retail golf shop. When Lincoln Fairways closed in 1976, Palos Golf was born. Because of the family dynamic and respected name, major golf companies allowed us to carry their brands in our store. Throughout the years, we have proven our name to both the brands we sell and the customers we serve..

A Business Philosophy from the Start

The store was created with a business philosophy of treating every customer fairly, honestly assessing customer needs, and providing them with top quality merchandise. Service is geared toward the improvement of the golf experience for customers. We currently authorized club fitters for several brands. Our team has been selected as a:

  • Mizuno SureFit Account
  • An ACCRA Account
  • A KB Tour Dealer
  • An Authorized Ping Fitting Center
  • A Member of the Advisory Staff for Several Brands

Our Expert Staff Defines the Company

A business is only as strong as its team. We place a large emphasis on family and teamwork because the combination of these made us a better business for our customers. Our ownership and management staff defines our business.

Thomas Thoss

He has nearly 40 years of experience and expertise in golf club fitting and more. Tom’s personality makes him approachable and helps every client feel like a return customer. Tom cares about finding the right equipment for every person’s golf game. He willingly shares his knowledge and loves to take on clients that have difficult issues with golf club fitting.

Let Tom help you lower your score and increase your confidence in this fickle yet rewarding sport. Tom regularly plays golf and is a member of Ancala Country Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is proud to hold two club championship wins.

Nancy Thoss

She has golf in her blood since her father was the proud owner of several wholesale and retail golf outlets. Nancy grew up on the driving range, both teeing off for fun and working. She quickly learned the game of golf and has built her professional life around her passion. Because Nancy understands the needs of women golfers, she has dedicated a whole section of her store to this growing percentage of golf players.

She plays golf weekly in two leagues where she is an active participant. When she and Tom winter in Arizona, she also plays at Ancala Country Club.

Brett Thoss

He is proud to be the third generation in his family of golf store owners and operators. Growing up in the store taught him to love the game but it also lit a passion within him to share this sport with people in Southwest Chicago. In 1993, after some time in Madison, Wisconsin, Brett returned to an enlarged store.

Brett keeps up with industry standards, including new technology, trends in the business, and more. He attends the PGA Show Convention every year to learn how to better serve all customers. He has played with many PGA tour players and understands just how important changes in golf are in dictating play. When you visit the store, you will most likely find Brett in the simulator, either fitting golfers or instructing students.

If you are ready to develop your golf game and bring your passion to the next level, contact us for all of your golf needs. We are proud to serve Southwest Chicago and the surrounding areas.