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.
Weather: Possible showers Friday give way to clear skies and temperatures in the mid-70s over the weekend.
Yardage: 6,670 yards, par 73
Fun fact: Rich Harvest has hosted more than 40 significant amateur events and will host the 2015 Wester Amateur and the 2016 Western Junior.