Rich Harvest Farms - Illinois - USA

Rich Harvest Farms,
7 South 771 Dugan Road,
Sugar Grove,
Illinois (IL) 60554,

  • +1 630 466 7610

  • Jerry Rich

  • Greg Martin

  • Chad Crane

The Rich Harvest Farms course is situated 50 miles west of Chicago, very close to the Aurora Municipal Airport where golf club owner, the appropriately named, Jerry Rich can no doubt have any of his select number of members - only 50 in total – and guests jet in for a casual round whenever he would like some company on his course.

Ex-computer guru Rich used Augusta as his model when he first constructed 6 holes on his 1,500-acre farm at Sugar Grove. He designed a six-hole course at Rich Harvest Farms in 1990, with multiple tee boxes and pin positions so it could be played as 18 holes. When architect Greg Martin was called in to build a proper course, extra holes were added and Rich Harvest Links became the finished article in 1998.

Jerry Rich has never revealed how much it cost to build his private playground, preferring to avoid money matters and talk instead about his support for junior golf via the Hook a Kid on Golf Foundation chapter that he founded in Illinois.

Rich Harvest Farms is a hilly course where a lake, lagoons and a creek are part of the setup. It is configured in a traditional nine out and nine back formation and the par-72 design can be stretched by over a thousand yards from the shortest tees at 6,334 yards. Two driving ranges and a practice area complete the golfing facilities on site.

The LPGA chose the course to host the 11th staging of the Solheim cup in 2009. Says Rich, “I am more than pleased that the LPGA has chosen Rich Harvest Farms to host the 2009 Solheim Cup. Players and staff alike will experience one-of-a-kind hospitality and… will equally enjoy playing, what I think, is one of the best and most pristine new courses in the nation... The Solheim Cup and 2009 cannot get here soon enough.” Rich has agreed for half of the Solheim Cup profits to benefit Hook A Kid On Golf. Despite a fight back from Europe, drawing level with their hosts at 8-8 going into Sunday’s singles, United States retained the Solheim Cup with a 16-12 victory at Rich Harvest Farms.

Mark Rolfing, the NBC Sports golf commentator has played the course a number of times. He says “People can read about Rich Harvest Farms and see how it is quickly becoming one of the nation’s new gems, but until you get out there on those hills and see those lagoons, you have no idea of how demanding the course is… It is a very challenging but fair setup, and one that will make for great match play because of the inordinate number of risk and reward situations.”

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Description: Rich Harvest Farms is a hilly course where a lake, lagoons and a creek are part of the setup. It is configured in a traditional nine out and nine back formation... Rating: 3 out of 6 Reviews: 2

There is no doubt that Rich Harvest Farms is a generous partner to many philanthropic causes. There is also no doubt that the golf course is challenging and almost always in terrific shape. I just find it uninteresting and very little fun.

3 / 6
Rich Harvest Farms
February 05, 2018

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No way this course should be mentioned in the same breath as Shore Acres or Black Sheep, which it is rated above. Played here in a pricey charity outing and wasn't allowed into the locker room. Sure the conditioning's great because it gets so little play. And yes it's tough. But it's no fun. Rich guys should have to pass an exam before being allowed to design golf courses. The most interesting thing about the place is the guy's car collection, which is quite impressive. If this place weren't so exclusive it would be just another rediculously hard, overly long course with little subtlety or interest for anyone who can't break 80 regularly, which is most of us....
3 / 6
Rich Harvest Farms
May 16, 2009

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Jeffery Ramirez
January 21, 2014
This place was build by one of the best golf course builders out there and the place has thought behind it instead of just putting in a golf course. I wish there was other places that supported youth the way Rich Harvest Farms does. Apparently the quotes above is from somebody that doesn't know the community and the people. JR Maple Park IL