Jerry Rich parlayed his love of science and technology in the late 1970s into the development of the world’s first computer terminals that enabled stockbrokers to monitor disparate information on a single screen. After merging his company with Reuters and retiring in 1988, he devoted himself to another passion – golf.
In 1989, he designed and built one golf hole and a practice area on his 1,820-acre farm in Sugar Grove, Illinois. By 1997, all 18 holes had been completed and within five years, Rich Harvest Links was ranked the 5th best new private course in the U.S., beating out designs from golfing greats Nicklaus, Dye and Wieskopf, and becoming one of Golf Digest America’s Top 100 courses.
In 1998, Rich and his life-long friend Don Springer established the Kids Golf Foundation, which is dedicated to bringing the sport of golf into the lives of young children and giving them an opportunity for personal growth and career enhancement. The Foundation offers and supports several junior golf programs that are designed to introduce children typically from the ages of 5 to 15 to the sport of golf, its fundamentals, rules, history and etiquette.
Yet another career milestone was achieved this past summer, when Rich Harvest Farms hosted the 2009 Soldheim Cup, the most prestigious team event in women’s professional golf, featuring the best U.S. - and European-born players.