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The Links At Riverlakes Ranch

The Links At Riverlakes Ranch

5201 Riverlakes Dr Bakersfield, CA 93312-4993 URL:   Course Website

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The Links at RiverLakes Ranch is a distinctly unique golf course—the likes of which you’d never expect to see in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. When architect, Ron Fream designed the layout at RiverLakes Ranch, he incorporated quite a few Scottish golf elements including burms and a rolling, undulating style unique to the Central Valley.

RiverLakes Ranch also incorporates quite a bit of water—hence the name. In addition to the 12 man-made lakes that help provide water hazards on more than half the holes, the Friant-Kern canal wends its way through RiverLakes. While not a natural water hazard, the canal adds to the uniqueness and challenge at RiverLakes Ranch. RiverLakes Ranch was built with considerable attention paid to the natural environment. Almost all the earth moved to create the lakes at RiverLakes was used to create the contouring and burming which give the course its distinct shadowing and shape.

The nines each have a distinct feel. The front nine is more open, while the back plays in and out of and around the old almond orchards. Multiple tees make the Links accessible for both the average and short hitters as well as creating a great challenge for the low handicapper.

Course Information for The Links At Riverlakes Ranch

Facility Information:
General: 18 hole regulation length course
1 golf course(s)
Managed by Donovan Brothers Golf, LLC

The Links At Riverlakes Ranch Information:
General: 18 hole regulation length course
Daily Fee golf course
Designed by Ronald Fream
72 par, 6,800 yards
72.6 rating, 133 slope
Real Estate Development facility

Green Fees: Weekend: $55.00 *
* includes golf cart where available

Staff: Contact: Corey Thomas, Golf Professional
Golf Professional: Corey Thomas

Putting Green
Chipping Area
Practice Bunker
Food & Beverage Available
Pull Carts
Rental Clubs
Indoor Practice Facility
Driving Range

Walking Allowed
Softspike Facility
PGA Facility
Member Owned Carts Allowed

Bakersfield, CA

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The Links At Riverlakes Ranch 3.1 5 56 56
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
bad greens 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
Losing the greens again Three years in a row lost some of the greens. Excuse is heat but the other local courses havent July 17, 2014
Greens need lots of help Course was great, staff was great.. Greens have a fungus and needs help. Only complaint is the greens. July 17, 2014
Greens are terrible I play here often and really like the course, they problem is the greens are terrible. The grass that is on the greens is shaggy, uncut and very slow. The first 3 greens were very slow, but ok. From hole 4, the tough par 5, the greens got worse. A lot of bare dirt spots painted green. A lot of marks on the greens, not punch marks but some kind of slash marks looking like the were made by a machete or something. Hole 18 has no grass at all, just a lot of weeds but mostly painted dirt. They lost the greens last summer and it looks like they have again. The bunkers are all hard pan, no sand at all so forget sand shots, these suck so don't go in them. The fairway are good, rough is pretty tough which I don't mind, just hit the fairways. This is such a nice course with fair prices, too bad they seem to lose the greens every summer. July 16, 2014
Very enjoyable. I really enjoyed my rounds at The Links at Riverlakes Ranch. The course was excellent. The bartender was very nice., as well all the staff. July 13, 2014
RL is looking good... I have not played Riverlkae in a few months. The greens and fairways are looking good and playing true. They have also invested in several new carts. Although youthful the staff is attentive and overall pretty good. The one piece of constructive feedback is with their bunkers. PLEASE put some sand in them and keep them graded. Most are hard packed and don't allow you to take a true bunker stroke. June 27, 2014
Rake the traps Why is it difficult for the staff to rake the traps. I hate being in a trap and the trap is as hard as hard pan. I put that I would recommend the price, but for a discount. They are working on the greens. May 28, 2014
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