Located in nearby Sugar Grove, IL, Rich Harvest Farms has evolved into one of the nation's elite private courses. Home to the 2003 Mid-American Conference Championships and the annual site of the Chrysler All-Star Shoot-Out, Rich Harvest Farms (RHF) owner Jerry Rich, a Northern Illinois alumnus, has etched this beautful 18-hole course into an 1,800-acre estate which includes an active farm with horses, soybean and corn crops.
Classified as "tough but fair" by a number of active PGA professionals, RHF offers a varied terrain, with some holes modeled after a links-style venue and others carved into the heavy woods surrounding the course. Green sizes range from 1,700 to 12,000 square feet, making pin-point iron play a must for scoring purposes. Named the nation's fifth best "New Private Course" in 1999 by Golf Digest, RHF was named No. 2 nationally for its outstanding course conditions. Comprised of a distinguished membership base of less than 50 business leaders and celebrities, RHF routinely opens its doors for charity events such as Hook A Kid on Golf in Illinois, which was founded by Don Springer and Rich.
KISHWAUKEE COUNTRY CLUB
In addition to Rich Harvest Farms, Northern Illinois University's golf team also calls Kishwaukee Country Club home. Located just minutes from campus, Kishwaukee Country Club features an 18 hole championship layout that is extremely well-manicured and boasts some of the finest greens in the Midwest. Water runs throughout (as the club is built along the Kishwaukee River), and the maturity and size of the beautiful trees lining the fairways make for some magnificent scenery.
Beginning as a 9-hole course, Kishwaukee grew to 18 holes in the late 1950's. The 6,075-yard, par 70 course has been home to the Illinois PGA Senior Tournament and the Illinois Senior Open.