Welcome to the Rio Grande Club & Resort – please feel free to visit all our amenities – state-of-the-art fitness center, pool complex, pro shop, Timbers Dining Room, Big River Grille and our private 1,700 Sq. Ft. Fishing Lodge located on the Rio Grande River. From the Fishing Lodge, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of historic Wolf Creek Pass, the distant San Juan mountains and the Gold Medal waters of the Rio Grande River.
In terms of our own history, #14 is one of many reasons the course was named among the Top 10 upscale public golf courses in America for 2003, by the nation’s premier golf magazine, Golf Digest. Yet, this very same turf has been a lively part of western history for more than a century. Before golfers hit the links, and anglers hit the Rio Grande, Ute and Comanche Indians, cowboys, cattle and buffalo once roamed the alpine pastures beyond the clubhouse window. Now part of our thriving 2,100-acre resort community called South Fork Ranches – the sprawling terrain you see before you once belonged to the historic BAR Cattle Ranch.
For nearly a century, BAR Ranch wranglers and their herds wandered the fir and aspen cul-de-sacs throughout the golf course property. Spanish vaqueros and territorial ranchers worked the lush hay fields below, in the majestic Rio Grande River Valley – which looks much the same today, although now you’ll see an emerald strand of greens and fairways along the Rio Grande River.
You’ll also see outstanding custom homes, some of which earned South Fork Ranches a ranking among the Top 10 Log Home Communities in North America, by Log Home Living magazine. Oh, and among the wide-open spaces of our residential properties, watch for a series of ‘historic’ ponds along fairways #4, #5 and #6.
The ponds came to us with the BAR Ranch territory. Before the turn of the century, they were used to harvest ice. During heydays of the Wild West, BAR Ranch ice was used for shipping locally grown vegetables to Creede and beyond. Yes, even cowboys, saloon gamblers and hard-rock silver miners relished a fresh salad now and then!
They all came through with a wild, wooly crew – including Bat Masterson, Poker Alice, and the notorious Soapy Smith. Well after early Indian fighter Albert Pfeiffer and Ute Chief Colorow roamed the valley, others fell in love with the land and remained. One of our members, Mari Lynn Hathorn is in fact, a Pfeiffer descendant. So, history has come full circle, along with an exciting new era to explore our San Juan mountain valley and the Rio Grande Club & Resort.
PRODUCTS: Fly Fishing packages
- Private access to 1.5 miles of Gold Medal Water on the Rio Grande River
- Private 1,700 Sq. Ft. Fishing Lodge on the Rio Grande River
- 18 hole golf course
- Restaurant & Grille with Patio seating
- Conference and banquet rooms
- On-site lodging – three bedroom townhomes
- Mountain property and townhome purchase opportunities