Solheim Cup - Rich Harvest Farms course preview

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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.
 

grass type

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

weather

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

yardage

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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