Sept. 13, 2007
DEKALB, Ill. - In conjunction with the 2009 Solheim Cup, the Rich Harvest Farms flag will be raised at the closing ceremony of the 2007 Solheim Cup in Halmstad, Sweden. Rich Harvest Farms is the official home of Northern Illinois University men's and women's golf. The closing ceremony will be televised live Sunday, September 16 at 9 a.m. Central Time by the Golf Channel.
Owned by proud NIU alumni Jerry and Betty Rich, Rich Harvest Farms is located in nearby Sugar Grove, Ill., RHF has evolved into one of the nation's elite private courses. Home to the 2007 NCAA Central Regional and the Chrysler All-Star Shoot-Out, Jerry Rich has etched this beautiful 18-hole course into an 1,800-acre estate which includes as 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 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 No. 45 on Golf Digest's "100 Greatest Golf Courses", RHF's membership base consists of less than 50 business leaders and celebrities. Named the nation's fifth best "New Private Course" in 1999 by Golf Digest, Rich Harvest Farms routinely opens its doors for charity events such as Hook-A-Kid on Golf in Illinois, which was founded by Jerry Rich and Don Springer.
The 2009 Solheim Cup will take place Aug 17-23, 2009. The Solheim Cup features matches between the top European-born players from the Ladies European Tour (LET) and the top U.S.-born players from the Ladies Professional Golf Association competing in a format similar to the Ryder Cup. This year's event will take place at Halstad Golfklubb, Sweden Sept. 14-16, 2007.
Fans can catch all the action of the 2007 Solheim Cup live on the Golf Channel beginning Sept. 14 at 1 a.m. Central Time. Final round coverage will begin Sept. 16 at 4 a.m. Central. Keith Rich, son of Jerry and Betty, will represent RHF in Sunday's closing and ceremonies.