Since opening in 1999, Rich Harvest Farms has been a premiere destination for golfers from all over the world. The ultra-private, members only facility is home to the Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois. Rich Harvest Links is also the home of the Northern Illinois University Huskies Men's & Women's Golf Teams. The course has earned many distinct honors including consistently being named one of Rolex's "World's Top 1,000 Golf Courses" and Golf Digest's "America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses." Golf Digest also honored Rich Harvest Farms in 1999, by naming it the 5th Best New Private Course in the United States. Rich Harvest Farms is proud of its prestigious list of amateur and professional golf tournaments both past and future.
"There are a few things at Rich Harvest Farms that will never go away," Jerry Rich, Owner and President of Rich Harvest Farms said. "We will continue to host amateur golf events and bring golf into more children's lives through our Foundation. That's what's most important."
Cordogan Clark & Associates was the architect for Rich Harvest Farms' Harvest Lodge and for the Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois and Dormitory.
Cordogan, Clark & Associates converted and modernized an original horse arena into two and four-bedroom suites for members and guests of the exclusive Rich Harvest Links. The lodge serves the membership of this 18-hole golf course and host to PGA Tour Event participants. The U-shaped stable portion was renovated to have seven 4-bedroom, three 2-bedroom, and one 1-bedroom
suites. Each suite has multiple views of the grounds and the surrounding golf course, and
unique living areas has ample room for relaxing and recreation.
Jerry Rich recently devoted twelve acres at Rich Harvest Farms to create an innovative new recreational setting for to help individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. To this end, he has partnered with Giant Steps, an organization focused on serving individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders to create Canopy – an integrated community model offering work, social, and living opportunities for autistic adults. Together they reached out to Cordogan Clark for an architectural design solution for this unique project. Excited to contribute to such an important cause, Cordogan Clark & Associates, collaborating with Smithgroup JJR, designed the campus. Through multiple meetings with Giant Steps and a visit to their current facility, CCA gained insight into autistic individuals and came closer to understanding their needs.
The program for this unique facility consists of:
- A 12,000 S.F. Community Center building with a fitness area, pool / spa, library, technology room, meeting rooms, and flexible life skill learning spaces.
- Six 5,400 S.F. duplex villas each housing 6 residents. Each duplex consists of 3 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, staff area and shared laundry, kitchen, dining and living.
The design features unique planning to create a healing environment for autistic individuals. Its central courtyard arrangement promotes wellness and activity to create a healthy, soothing environment. The architecture responds to the rural setting and the overall Rich Harvest Farms campus.