The Links at Riverlakes Ranch

5201 RiverLakes Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93312

Holes: 18 Par: 72 Length: 6800 yards Slope: 133 Rating: 72.6

Course Information

The Links at Riverlakes Ranch Details

  • Year built: 1999
  • Architect(s): Ron Fream
  • Greens: Bermuda grass
  • Season: Year round

The Links at Riverlakes Ranch Details

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.

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6800 yards 73.3 134
Red (W) 72 5180 yards 70.4 120
Blue 72 6379 yards 71.4 130
White 72 5891 yards 69.2 126


  • Walking allowed: Yes
  • Metal spikes allowed: No
  • Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed


  • Carts: Yes
  • Pull-carts: Yes
  • Clubs: Yes
  • Pro shop available: Yes


  • Driving range: Yes
  • Pitching/chipping area: Yes
  • Putting green: Yes
  • Teaching pro: Yes

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