Solheim Cup - Rich Harvest Farms course preview

By August 19, 2009, 4:00 pm
2009 Solheim CupThis week the top U.S.-born LPGA players host the best European-born players from the Ladies European Tour in the Solheim Cup at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. In preparing the golf course, GCSAA Class A superintendent Jeff VerCautren sought input from team captains Beth Daniel and Alison Nicholas. VerCautren and his staff have redone a few tees and bunkers in preparation for the event, but their biggest challenge has been the weather, which has gone from record rain to 90-degree heat.
With the support of club members and monthly onsite visits from LPGA Tour Agronomist John Miller, VerCautren’s staff was undaunted by Mother Nature’s challenges, working 14-hour days most of the summer and clocking thousands of overtime hours in the advance weeks to bring the bentgrass/Poa annua greens to pristine condition.

Rich Harvest Farms was designed by club owner/president Jerry Rich and Greg Martin. It was built primarily by Hollembeak Construction in 1997. Influenced by Augusta National Golf Club, Rich also took inspiration from Dick Wilson's Pine Tree in Florida.
In 1998, with his lifelong friend Don Springer, Rich established the Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois, which by 2004 had introduced more than 150,000 Illinois children to the game. Rich Harvest has been the site for the foundation's fundraisers, and more than 40 national amateur events. Much like Wilson’s Pine Tree, Rich Harvest Farms features large greens, sand bunkers and clever doglegs. There are 106 bunkers along with wetlands and natural waste areas.

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Grass type:
Tees - Bentgrass; Poa annua - .3'
Fairways - Bentgrass; Poa annua - .3'
Greens - Bentgrass; Poa annua - .12'
Rough - Kentucky bluegrass - 3'


Weather: Possible showers Friday give way to clear skies and temperatures in the mid-70s over the weekend.


Yardage: 6,670 yards, par 73

signature hole

Fun fact: Rich Harvest has hosted more than 40 significant amateur events and will host the 2015 Wester Amateur and the 2016 Western Junior.


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Woods, Rahm, Rickie, J-Day headline Torrey field

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 20, 2018, 12:47 am

Tiger Woods is set to make his 2018 debut.

Woods is still part of the final field list for next week’s Farmers Insurance Open, the headliner of a tournament that includes defending champion Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.

In all, 12 of the top 26 players in the world are teeing it up at Torrey Pines.

Though Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines, he hasn’t broken 71 in his past seven rounds there and hasn’t played all four rounds since 2013, when he won. Last year he missed the cut after rounds of 76-72, then lasted just one round in Dubai before he withdrew with back spasms.

After a fourth back surgery, Woods didn’t return to competition until last month’s Hero World Challenge, where he tied for ninth. 

Woods has committed to play both the Farmers Insurance Open and next month's Genesis Open at Riviera, which benefits his foundation. 

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Even on 'off' day, Rahm shoots 67 at CareerBuilder

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 20, 2018, 12:36 am

Jon Rahm didn’t strike the ball as purely Friday as he did during his opening round at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

He still managed a 5-under 67 that put him just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.

“I expected myself to go to the range (this morning) and keep flushing everything like I did yesterday,” said Rahm, who shot a career-low 62 at La Quinta on Thursday. “Everything was just a little bit off. It was just one of those days.”

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After going bogey-free on Thursday, Rahm mixed four birdies and two bogeys over his opening six holes. He managed to settle down around the turn, then made two birdies on his final three holes to move within one shot of Andrew Landry (65).

Rahm has missed only five greens through two rounds and sits at 15-under 129. 

The 23-year-old Spaniard won in Dubai to end the year and opened 2018 with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He needs a top-6 finish or better this week to supplant Jordan Spieth as the No. 2 player in the world.

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Landry stays hot, leads desert shootout at CareerBuilder

By Associated PressJanuary 20, 2018, 12:35 am

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Andrew Landry topped the crowded CareerBuilder Challenge leaderboard after another low-scoring day in the sunny Coachella Valley.

Landry shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course to reach 16 under. He opened with a 63 on Thursday at La Quinta Country Club.

Jon Rahm, the first-round leader after a 62 at La Quinta, was a stroke back. He had two early bogeys in a 67 on the Nicklaus layout.

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Jason Kokrak was 14 under after a 67 at Nicklaus. Two-time major champion Zach Johnson was 13 under along with Michael Kim and Martin Piller. Johnson had a 64 at Nicklaus.

Landry, Rahm, Kokrak and Johnson will finish the rotation Saturday at PGA West's Stadium Course, also the site of the final round.

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Mickelson 'displeased' with iron play; 10 back

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 20, 2018, 12:18 am

All of Phil Mickelson’s offseason work on his driver has paid off through two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge.

His iron play? Not as sharp, and it’s the reason why he heads into the weekend 10 shots off the lead.

“I’ve been pretty pleased, overall, with the way I’ve been driving the ball, and very displeased with the way my iron game has been,” said Mickelson, who shot 68 Friday on PGA West’s Nicklaus course. He has hit only 21 of 36 greens so far this week. “Usually my iron play is a lot better than what it’s been. So I’ll go work on it and hopefully improve each round in this tournament and build a solid foundation for the upcoming West Coast events.

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“I feel like if I continue to drive the ball the way I am, and if I got my iron play back to my normal standard, I should have the results that I’ve been expecting.”

Mickelson, of course, is always bullish this time of year, but he has been able to find 10 of 14 fairways each of the past two rounds, including at narrower La Quinta Country Club, which doesn’t always fit his eye.

“This is actually the best I’ve driven it in a lot of years,” he said.

Currently in a tie for 67th, Mickelson will need a solid round on the more difficult Stadium course Saturday to ensure that he makes the 54-hole cut. He hasn’t missed a cut in his first West Coast event of the new year since 2009.