Adler Creek Golf Tournament Returns to South Fork

By Ruthanne Johnson

The Rio Grande Club& Resort is hosting the Alder Creek Classic Golf Tournament the weekend of September 15–17, 2017. The two-man, best-ball tournament returns to the Rio Grande Club & Resort after a three-year hiatus. In past years, the tournament has filled up fast, with players descending upon South Fork from all over Colorado and other western states.

“The first Alder Creek Classic was held in 2005 as a way of highlighting the resort’s award-winning 18-hole golf course,” says resort general manager, Todd Small. Today’s mature course continues to offer stunning vistas and challenging greens.

The course’s front nine holes play next to and over the scenic Rio Grande River, while the back nine boast dramatic elevations, unique sandstone outcroppings and the serene Alder Creek. The tournament coincides with Colorado’s s peak changing of the leaves, so players can expect to see brilliant reds and golds of the course’s aspen and cottonwood trees. “It’s a great time of year and a fun time,” says longtime South Fork resident Grover Hathorn. “There’s a real sense of community in the tournament and the weather is perfect.”

The two-person, best-ball Alder Creek Classic welcomes men, ladies and mixed-teams; flighted for gross and net prizes. Cost is $250 per team ($125 per person) and includes one practice round of golf, two tournament rounds, lunch, dinner and tee prizes.

The Rio Grande Club & Resort’s dining room and Big River Grill serve lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday and brunch on Sundays.

For non-golfers, the southern Colorado mountain towns of nearby Creede, Del Norte and Pagosa Springs have much to offer. There are hot springs, scenic byways, gold-medal fishing, hiking, mountain biking, shopping and fine dining.

For details about the Alder Creek Classic Golf Tournament and to sign up, call 719-873-1997. For more information about the resort and restaurant, visit


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