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The Harvester evolved into a course built upon Iowa's values of hard work, honesty, integrity and helping one another.
Moving forward, our vision is to take something good and enhance every aspect to create a remarkable experience.
Feb 2018: Clubhouse and properties
New plans to review from Keith
April 2018: Construction on course begins
July 2018: Construction on course wraps up
Nov 2018: Clubhouse construction ends
Finishing touches and decor added
Jan 2019: Memberships start
May 2019: Golf begins
January 21, 2018
Initial meeting with Keith Foster:
-Making an already good golf course great,
- complete bunker redesign
- new layout of tee boxes
- regrassing of the course.
- select feature enhancements
- some hole layout changes
Meeting with architect about clubhouse goals...
Take advantage of views and rework clubhouse to be member centered:
- new locker rooms and lounges including utilizing
stunning views of the course!
- complete interior renovation of clubhouse
- new kitchen layout plan to service our members
- completely renovate kitchen and dining area
- update pro shop
- redesign basement for purpose of servicing
As part of our extensive remodeling plan for the Club House, parts of the exterior of the structure are being demolished.
March 30, 2018
Demolition is moving forward on the interior and exterior of the clubhouse. The clubhouse will be a golfer's dream place to hang out. It will be very functional for a pure golf club and visually very pleasing. The final design and drawing to be released very soon.
I hope you will enjoy following the conversion of The Harvester Golf Club from public to private; but more importantly, from very good to great.
The interest we have received for membership information has been remarkable. We encourage anyone who is sincerely interested to inquire about membership. Golfing always has been the priority of The Harvester and will continue to be our only focus.
We are creating a pure golf club. The process to select our membership is underway. The steps include the following:
1. Establishing a list of potential members through
personal relationships, inquiries from those who
love the game of golf, and through other means of
connecting with individuals who understand and
appreciate great golf.
2. Personal and mass communication with potential
members informing them of the progress at
The Harvester. Through this process we hope to
form a relationship with potential members before
narrowing down candidates.
3. Membership bylaws and rules are in development.
How the club will operate and function is in the
process of being established. Once complete,
membership candidates will be informed.
The level of remodeling proposed in the clubhouse will require the interior of the structure to be completely gutted.
main entrance after demo
bar area after demo
April 27, 2018
The selective demolition of the clubhouse continues on schedule. The exterior has been stripped down while the architects continue work to finalize the design of the new clubhouse.
Work has also begun on the course with a visit from Keith Foster to oversee the beginning stages of the renovation. Ground work has begun on the front 9.
different sands being tested on-site
Dickson (owner) and Joel (golf superintendent) meeting with Keith Foster (golf course architect).
demolition of the course has begun
(holes 5 & 6 pictured)
Red shows the extent of demolition to the clubhouse in preparation of the redesign.
construction on hole 1
May 30, 2018
Construction continues on the front 9. Weekly on-site consultations with Keith Foster directs the renovations while holes throughout are at different stages of construction. Renovations include new and restructured bunkers; resized and reshaped greens; and shifting tee boxes. Below shows some of the reconstruction on holes 1 and 3.
As the demo work on the clubhouse wraps up, design work continues. Elements are being finalized to prepare to order materials for the exterior construction to begin. Structural work to support the new design is underway.
panoramic view of construction behind the clubhouse
hole 1 after
hole 1 before
construction on hole 3
June 26, 2018
Over the last three weeks the crew has nearly completed holes one through six. Most recently, the first six holes have been resodded and reseeded. The construction remains focused on the front nine as the McDonald and Sons crew continues to work on reconstructing tees, fairways, greens and bunkers on holes seven through nine. In many pictures you are able to see that the greens are being formed with straight edges, appearing to look more like a rectangle. This look is parallel to the 1900’s Golden Age of Architecture.
We anticipate the front nine to be completed by July 4th. Below you can watch a quick drone video to see the current state of holes two through five.
With the demolition of the clubhouse being complete we have begun framing the interior. As for the exterior, concrete block is being laid to support the brick and stone. Panoramic windows are being selected to allow for natural sunlight and extraordinary views
of the course.
During the video you are able to see the irrigation work being done on hole 6. On hole 7 you can see the work being done to increase the green size as well as raise the fairway height and reworking of the greenside bunkers.
Architect, Keith Foster has two scheduled on-site meetings over the next two weeks. During those meetings he will confirm the work done on holes seven through nine as well as discuss the next steps for the course remodel. Following the completion of the front nine the
crew will begin to reconstruct holes eighteen and ten. The clubhouse will continue to be framed along with setting windows, building the interior walls, laying the exterior brick while also adjusting the elevations of the roof.
Natural flowing areas of bent grass lead you from the previous green and tie into the next tee box. This is a inspiration from 1900s Golden Age of Architecture. This has been seeded with a better version of bent grass, to fight through droughts, extreme heat, and wet conditions.
The approach shot on this hole will utilize an epic 1900's church pew bunker that guards the right side of the hole where many big hitters try to take advantage of the short hole.
July 19, 2018
Why change the #1 golf course in Iowa?
The Harvester Golf Club aims not only to be the best course in the state of Iowa, but to be a prominent club that can inspire all generations of golf to see the beauty of the game. We hope that by improving the best golf course in the state of Iowa from very good to great attracts members to desire to become a part of The Harvester.
What will the renovations look like?
The Harvester will not have a complete new look, however, the renovations will yield a much more sustainable product. A new, more efficient strain of 007 bentgrass in the fairways provide several long lasting benefits. The grass will require less chemical upkeep, withstand against dry seasons, and be stronger against extreme heat. Newly placed flat bottom bunkers will allow for steep faces while the new sand provides the ability for a more consistent shot in the various bunkers. The fairway bunkers have been adjusted to today’s modern length. The tee boxes are better aligned for their specific hole; some holes have been lengthened with the advancement of golf club technology. A refreshed irrigation system will allow for quality water maintenance on every hole. The new irrigation system will provide great quality and consistent grass.