Monte Vista, CO 
Rio Grande River Retreat Share
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Well worth the trip for this fun, adventurous course!

1    5/11/2013   5/13/2013
Review By: tele-mon
Played: 10  Reviewed: 3
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: ZIP LINE ACROSS THE RIVER AND BACK!!! Elevation changes, open shots, cottonwood treed shots, amazing scenery, privacy, & a personal guide. We saw some huge birds of prey in the cottonwoods. Hole 17 is a straight-line shot marked as a driving range. Some great elevation changes such as the downhill shot on #3. Throwing across the river twice can be daunting, but oh so much fun.
Cons: Lack of signage, and the tee pads need some work. It would be difficult to follow on your own without Don's help, at least the first time. Watch out for glass on hole #2, which plays across a long-abandoned dump site, but the ancient tin cans and bottles are interesting in their own right.
Other Thoughts: We made a road trip especially to play this course, as well as Poncha Springs and Reservoir Hill in Pagosa Springs. It was a great decision, as this is one of the most interesting courses I've played! We called Don and left a message before leaving the day before, and he returned the call promptly, said the course was always open, but just to call back when we were close and he would come out to meet and guide us. Mr. Stultz is a heck of a disc player and a true gentleman. He was most hospitable, and met us right when we got there.

As others have stated, he has laid out three different tee boxes for each hole, which are still somewhat primitive, marked with landscaping flags or fence posts. The course starts uphill onto an old dump site, filled with artifacts and some broken glass, so watch your step. At the top of the hill, hole three is a signature shot downhill towards the river. This is a great spot to scope out many of the following holes on both sides of the Rio Grande. Don had all the distances memorized, but some signs would help in the future.

Hole #4 is your first chance to huck across the river. Then, Don unlocks the zip harnesses (more of a swing seat, no safety harness here), and you zip across after your throw. The next five holes play on the south side, with various water hazards and an OB cow pasture to keep things interesting. We threw two discs into an irrigation ditch and pond, but Don seemed to always have some sort of tool available nearby to retrieve them.

Throwing back across the river on #11 (I think), your second zip involves climbing a tall ladder and hooking yourself in, definitely a thrill!!! The next few holes play through tall cottonwoods along the banks of the river. Every hole has something interesting to discover. The final two holes pay back across a large field, which Don has marked as a driving range on #17. The last hole is back by the parking area, and is shielded by several wooden posts for a little extra difficulty.

If you ever have the chance, I highly recommend making the trip to meet Don Stultz and playing his very fun course. We offered to make a donation to his ministry or for the course, but all he would accept was some antelope meat I had brought from last year's hunt. 4+ stars, only the lack of concrete tee pads and signage hold me -back. ZIP LINE plus DISC GOLF = WIN!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Stunning Course

1    3/2/2013   3/7/2013
Review By: kjdutter
Played: 74  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 10.4 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course offers a true test of your disc golf abilities. When I played there all of the factors of WIND, elevation, water, hyzers, anhyzers and straight shots came into play. And although there weren't a lot of trees on the 54-acre property, the designer made good use of them.

A lot of the holes were seemingly straight-forward and within reach of a common 300+-foot hyzer/anhyzer but there were just enough of "the elements" to make it so that there weren't a ton of "gimmie" birdies. The water came into play a lot even at this time of the year, I can't even imagine how daunting some of those shots are when the water is at full height.

There are three sets of tee pads, making the course accessible for all types of player. Can't wait for the gold layout!
Cons: Tee pads are the #1 issue on this course. I found myself unable to execute a full drive on several holes because of either the position or the condition of the tee pad(s). If Don needs help creating some tee pads I would gladly volunteer my time.

There is really only one par 4. With this much space I believe this could be a championship level course with the addition a few more par 4s.

No tee signs. Again, I would help with that.
Other Thoughts: Don Stults is really an awesome guy and a great disc golfer! He was given this property and DONATED it to a local ministry, at no charge... and continues to maintain it with his free time. This course is amazing and so is Don!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  

5+    1/6/2012   1/6/2012
Review By: Bunker
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Great fun zip lineing across rio grand river on swing set seats. Hole one from white tees is my favorite one yet tough for a par three great hole.
Cons: Long course open until you get back on the 13th hole. 13th thru 15 are in the woods 17 is marked great with fence post the first fence post is set at 200ft every one after that is 100ft all the way to the 700ft hole.
Other Thoughts: course does not have sign so look in mail box their are maps to help navigate course.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 A Grande Ol' Time

1    10/9/2011   10/11/2011
Review By: markjfun
Played: 72  Reviewed: 27  Exp: 8.5 Years
This review was updated on 7/31/2012
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Have you ever met someone for the first time and walked away thinking "What a great guy"? If not, you've never met Don Stults. When you arrive to play his riverside disc course, he'll be your guide. Along with showing you the ropes (more like zip line cables) he's an all-around great host. If your disc lands in the water, you guessed it: he's going in after it. It's disc golf veterans like Don (he threw his first disc over 34 years ago!) whose continued interest have brought the sport from its humble beginnings to its recent surge in popularity. Just remember to give him a quick phone call in advance so he can arrange to meet you at the gate or the zip line on hole 4.

The beautiful course is laid out across a large plot of land split down the middle by the Rio Grande River. Three sets of tees are available and each corresponds to a different color on the Scorebook function of this site - a nice touch. The red tees are the shortest and offer the option of avoiding two of the more intimidating throws across the Rio Grande, which newcomers and rookies will surely appreciate. The white tees are the course standard and offer plenty of variety, while the blue tees occasionally get "ridiculously pro" (i.e. throwing through the open doorway of an unfinished building). A monster drive from a cliff top some 100 feet above the Rio on hole 3 will stick in your memory, as will the hilltop tee on #16 and the measured driving range on #17. You won't forget holes 4 and 11 either, where you throw your driver to the far shore then clip-in and fly across a roaring river on a zip line to finish the hole.
Cons: As with most one-man shows, things can fall to the wayside because there simply aren't enough hours in the day. Several of the pads are pretty rough and you'll have to watch your footing. The tee markers (posts with ribbons or paint) are sometimes hard to find, but chances are you'll have either the direction of Don at your side or your past knowledge of the course. Naturally, the wind and water play a big factor and could decide the fate of your round. In summer months, don't forget bug spray, sun screen and your shades. The grass can get chest high, so whether you wear shorts, pants, shoes or sandals is your call. The fact that the course is awesome - yet private - is a bit of a quandary.

This course isn't the easiest to find, so be sure to follow the directions on the main page or map out the address ahead of time. The nearby small towns aren't known for their wide range of services, so plan your visit accordingly. However, there are plenty of nearby attractions including Great Sand Dunes Nat'l Park, Wolf Creek Ski Area, mountain biking, 14ers, fishing, camping, off-roading and more.
Other Thoughts: This is an excellent course. If you go out of your way to make it a destination you won't be disappointed! Days later you'll find yourself smiling when you think back on zipping across the Rio Grande in the middle of a game of disc golf against the backdrop of the towering Sangre De Cristo and San Juan mountain ranges.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 Zip Line Over a River? Yep!

2-4    4/5/2010   9/5/2010
Review By: HAWKSNEST1979
Played: 30  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 13.3 Years
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A freaking zip line across the Rio Grande River. Amazing. Land has been setup on a retreat including a worship area (hole 3) with a large 10 ft cross and benches. Hole 2 plays across and old can and bottle dumping ground. Sounds bad but is actually pretty cool. Course designer is a cool guy and is normally happy to play with you and show you the way.

You throw across the Rio Grande and then climb a cliff and zip line across. Then you play a few holes along the river and some creeks and throw back across. there is a latter you climb up and then zip line back. Crazy!
Cons: Frequently has some very high winds. Mix the high winds with a few very long holes and it can make for a nasty looking scorecard.

Rio Grande can empty your bag in a hurry when the water is high in early summer. He did say that most times of the year you can see your disk and wade out and get it.
Other Thoughts: You need hit up the course contact to play. He'll show you the course, bring the zip line gear, and show you how to use it. I'd recommend you wear shoes and not sandals because of hole 2.

Course maps in the mailbox!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 Sweet developing Course

2-4    6/29/2009   6/29/2009
Review By: RevDrDisc
Played: 89  Reviewed: 15  Exp: 37.4 Years
This review was updated on 6/3/2011
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: A variety of terrain. Beautiful views. Plenty of room. Most baskets can be seen near the tees. Most tees can be seen from previous basket. Tees are metal fence stakes marked with orange tape. Alternate tees are marked with red or blue flags. Zip lines across the river and back are lots of fun.
Cons: Not yet fully developed. Tee pads do not have distance markers print out a score card. Bring some water.
Other Thoughts: Driving range put in on 17. Course record marked. Call ahead to make sure the zip line equipment is available.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.


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