A ‘Grande’ Escape

Rio Grande Club
Explore the Rio Grande Club and Resort PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY RIO GRANDE CLUB

Explore what it means to be a member, even if for a day, at the Rio Grande Club and Resort

With plenty of adrenaline-pumping activities in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the Rio Grande Club & Resort in South Fork, Colorado, is a place to enjoy concerts, great food, outstanding golf and all the leisure life can bring. The award-winning 18-hole course with dramatic elevation, volcanic formations, creekside fairways bordering a National Forest and tons of beauty worth getting out of the city and away from I-70 for.

The Rio Grande Club’s array of membership opportunities allow for the perfect choice based on your personal interests, whether it’s golf, fly-fishing, dining, social activities or outdoor sports. The club proudly highlights the unique beauty of Southern Colorado with each member benefit. The golf course was designed to flow with the area’s natural waterways, volcanic rock formations, native flora and surrounding national forest.

The 18-Hole layout offers two distinct nine-hole experiences. The front nine play alongside—and over—the Rio Grande, amongst a wetland habitat rich with native plants and animals. The back nine takes golfers through pine, aspen and cottonwood trees; stunning rock formations; and a landscape thick with wild rose, gooseberry and vibrantly-colored wildflowers. While playing the back nine, golfers meet the challenge of dramatic elevation changes and tee shots that feel as though you are hitting off the very edge of a mountain. The back nine also border Rio Grande National Forest and follow alongside the serene Alder Creek, which flows into the Rio Grande.

A brown trout

The Rio Grande Club offers fishing access to the Upper Rio Grande Watershed. This grants club members access to more than a mile of private Gold Medal waters for club members offering some of the best fishing west of the Mississippi. The Rio Grande and South Fork rivers meet right by the Club’s Fishing Lodge, creating a fishing hotspot for anglers.

The Rio Grande Club isn’t the lone spot to fish though as the nearby town of South Fork is also located beautifully along the longest stretch of Gold Medal waters for fly fishing in Colorado. This 20-mile section of the Rio Grande between Creede and Del Norte has Gold Medal designation from the Colorado Division of Wildlife, which means the highest quality aquatic habitat in Colorado and the best chance for catching trophy trout.


The Rio Grande Club isn’t just for members. Townhome rentals, which are situated beautifully on hole 3 of the golf course are just steps away from the club’s private fishing access to Gold-Medal trout fishing on the Rio Grande.  “Stay & Play” benefits are attached to select townhomes or our Rio Grande Club Experience packages, which include golf, fishing and access to club amenities.

Visit https://www.riograndeclubandresort.com/  to explore more information about the Rio Grande Club and Resort. 

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