The American Express

La Quinta, Calif.


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Rich Harvest Farms

Sugar Grove, Ill. / 7,704 yards, Par 72 / Points: 61.3875
April 28, 2021

90. Rich Harvest Farms

Jerry Rich & Greg Martin (1999)

Rich Harvest began as a six-hole backyard course for computer billionaire Jerry Rich, was then expanded into a nine-fairway, 11-green layout that could be played multiple ways, and finally evolved into a conventional 18-hole layout strong enough to host the 2009 Solheim Cup and the 2017 NCAA Championship. With its polish and landscaping, some call Rich Harvest Links the “Augusta of the Midwest,” but even Augusta National doesn’t have Rich Harvest’s flexibility, where every hole can play differently every day, some even from different angles and par.

100 Greatest History: Ranked since 2003. Highest ranking: No. 45, 2005-2006. Previous ranking: No. 94

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Panelist comments:
“Rich Harvest Farms is clearly defined by its design characteristics and its difficulty. It requires precision shot-making and difficult risk/reward decisions. Hit a poor tee shot on one of the par 4s, and you'll be out of position into the greens—and par will be a struggle.”

“One of the most impressive things was how well the course flowed together, though it was built in stages. They did a great job of building great continuity from one to the next.”

“Upholds the traditions of the game nicely with a simple but elegant clubhouse and locker room, all amid gorgeous surroundings. The practice facilities are quite impressive—there are two full practice ranges, plus indoor facilities for practice in the offseason. It'd be a college team's dream.”

“With all of the variations of the holes, you could theoretically never play the same course twice. How many other people do you know who have had an international team competition in their back yard? Once you go to RHL, you will see why Jerry Rich is the only one.”

Courtesy of the club

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Courtesy of Rich Harvest Farms

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