The Harvester in Rhodes, IA
Tee Time: July 6 2014, 12:00, 86F, breezy
Designer: Keith Foster (2000)
Playing Partners: Greg Ryan
Tees: Blue, Par 72 (73.1 rating/132 slope/6,840 yards)
Course Handicap: 9 (7.9 index)
Stats: 91 (42-49); 40 putts; 8/14 fairways; 7/18 greens; 4 penalty strokes
“Is this heaven?
I could’ve sworn this was heaven.”
I wonder how many sports related posts by sports related blogs talking about something sports-related in Iowa start with that Field of Dreams quote. Well, in the interest of being original, I’ll try something else.
Oops, wrong sport.
There, that fits.
The Harvester is the unanimous choice across every list published for the best course in Iowa. You’d think, well, it’s Iowa, how many golf courses can they really have? Being named the #1 golf course in Iowa seems like it would be like being the MLB All-Star from the 2014 Padres. You’re only there because someone had to be. I was a little excited to come, because my only other visit to the Hawkeye State was a fun afternoon at the Field of Dreams a few years ago. Just stepping out of the car I was instantly amazed at how awesome The Harvester is. It’s not just the best course in Iowa, it immediately took a spot in my top 5 golf courses period. Under the overcast skies of a muggy day, the lush green hills seemed to extend infinitely into the distance. A condo complex and a few houses dotted the landscape, dominated by the massive plantation clubhouse overlooking the entire course. But aside from that and some barbed wire fencing, this place is pure nature. Continue reading The Harvester Golf Club