The Links At Riverlakes Ranch
Bad greens not a good price for the condition of the facilities.
August 11, 2014
Tee boxes, fairways, and rough were in great shape. Bunkers are well placed but could use a little care. All but one green on the back nine were gone, just painted dirt. I have enjoyed this course in the past but was shocked to see the condition of the greens. In my opinion it is not even worth the reduced price of $25 for green fees with a cart. Don't play until greens are replaced and established.
August 6, 2014
Putting on scabs.
Greens were absolutely destroyed. Only 3-4 greens had grass and were beat up pretty bad. When there was grass, it was in need of cutting. Super slow. Surprised they can even charge $ to play here.
August 6, 2014
Greens are terrible
The greens are gone, nothing more than paint and sand on many holes. Very disappointing to hit good approach shots and have no chance to make the putt. Charging full price for these conditions will drive people away.
July 25, 2014
Greens in bad shape
Liked the course overall. Greens definitely need work.
July 24, 2014
Tough test, rough greens.
This course has a lot of potential. Currently the course is suffering from some serious problems on the greens. The two locals I played with said that a couple months ago they were in great shape. Hopefully the Grounds Superintendent can connect with a couple of the local private clubs' grounds guys and get things figured out. The problems are mild on the front nine, but the back nine has some greens that border on unplayable.
Unfortunately it's a vicious circle, they've reduced rates which (I'm assuming) has brought out a crowd that hasn't been taught proper etiquette. The result is the greens that are in decent shape are covered in ball marks that weren't repaired. This also appeared to affect pace of play. I did play in early evening so twilight rates could also be the culprit.
The layout gives this track great potential, the tee boxes were in great shape and for the most part flat. The sand traps tend to be on the sand-less side, more like solid dirt traps. Unfortunately that's a problem because there are lots of opportunities to find yourself in a bunker.
It appears that they are working on getting things together, where the rough is in bad shape the grass hasn't been mowed which I'm assuming is an attempt to get it to reseed itself.
Hopefully this fall it will be back to full health. Will definitely be back to give it another go. If you want to get out and swing 'em it's worth playing the front for sure, even the back, just don't plan on working on your flat stick.
Some tight fairways littered with bunkers, some longer wide open par fours give an opportunity for a true test. Lots of undulation on the greens could make for some fun putting, pending the improvement of the surfaces(and the mood of the guy placing the pins that day).
July 23, 2014
The course has a ton of potential, but the greens are so bad, it is not playable. The staff, the food, the location are great but someone must be held accountable for the greens. This is the second year In a row, I have seen this problem with the greens, either the super has no idea or it's a money thing, but stay away from this course from July to November, unless you just want to give yourself an automatic two putt. There is no reason to putt on these greens, there might be 4 out of 18 greens that are average at best, the rest are a joke.
Someone should loose their job over this, or put up a sign that states, this is all we can do with the resources that we have. Look elsewhere for summer golf in Bakersfield.
July 23, 2014
The greens have a bad fungous.They spent a year fixing the problem and two weeks of heat and the greens are worse than ever.No sand in bunkers.Some yardage markers are off.The water in the lakes is green and smells bad.Staff will cut in front of u and just start playing making our round of golf all that much longer.Locals will not let u play throw. No marshal! they do have a starter siting on his butt doing nothing thou.
July 20, 2014