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3.9
202 Reviews (202)
5 Stars
51
4 Stars
68
3 Stars
46
2 Stars
19
1 Stars
18
Conditions
3.6
Value
4.0
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.9
83.5%
Recommend this course
155 out of 202 reviews
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3.6
7 Reviews (7)
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
3
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2
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1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.3
Value
3.9
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.3
StaffFriendliness
3.7
71.4%
Recommend this course
5 out of 7 reviews
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4.1
29 Reviews (29)
5 Stars
12
4 Stars
10
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.7
Value
4.2
Layout
4.4
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.4
86.2%
Recommend this course
25 out of 29 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6781 yards
Slope 130
Rating 72.9
Book a Tee Time at
The Links at Riverlakes Ranch
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Course Details

Year Built 1999
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Ron Fream

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Food & Beverage

Bar

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Reviews

3.9
202 Reviews (202)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 12
Watching the Game 9
Patio Dining 7
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 20
Water Hazards 19
Undulating Greens 12
This course/club is great for:
Locals 15
Advanced Golfers 8
Entertaining Clients 6
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 22
In the 'Burbs 7

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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Only 9- holes

We booked through Golf Now but were not told that the back 9 were closed today. Otherwise a decent golf course.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
2.0
First Time Playing
Used cart

You get what you pay for

I was able to play RiverLakes for $18.75 so it was worth it. With that being said, I do no think I will be coming back any time soon. The reviews are pretty accurate on Yelp for the course. The course is abused by novice golfers as evident by the greens. A lot of the holes do not have proper blue/black tee boxes marked which seems like a fairly simple thing to ask for. If you are using a cart there are multiple confusing parts of the path with little to no direction. The 18th is interesting. The green is surrounded by water with roughly 30 dead fish floating at the surface with the smell that matches such a sight.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good enough but should be better.

My most recent experience is that the grass was heavily watered and was also a little tall. It doesn’t seem that they are investing enough to keep it like it should be. It’s not in bad shape it’s just average and should be above average.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great unique layout, every hole is different

This is one of my favorite courses, no two holes are the same, they are all very unique and different vrs a cookie cutter course. It is a links layout with many large bunkers which can make the course challenging so try and stay out of them, the back 9 is very strong, especially holes #10-11. #18 is a good par 5 with an island green, Riverlakes also has one of the best driving ranges around and its all grass! Only bummer today was the restaurant was closed due to covid and the food is always good and servers very friendly

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Crammed Golfing

Arrived 45 minutes prior to our tee time to practice at the facilities on the course, when we arrived at the 1st tee box for check in a few minutes before tee off we get directed to pair up with another group of golfers with another foursome already waiting to tee off. We all were given the same tee times.. a frustrating way to start off a morning round on a Wednesday of all days. River Lakes needs to pay more attention to spacing out golfers and tee times rather than cramming any and everybody onto the links just to make their $$$!

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 20
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Sunday afternoon golf

It was a great golf deal we had. Course was tough for us today. Greens were sticking and rolling pretty true. We all enjoyed the afternoon stroll and leisure play. Can’t wait to try it again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great tume

This course is in good shape right now. The greens are healthy and fast. It’s dry and you do get a lot of run off the fairways The only drawback are the traps. They are like concrete. In desperate need of new sand.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

A nice little jewel

Enjoyed a quick afternoon round, with nice temps for wintertime. Fairways were a little rough, but greens and bunkers were in great shape for this time of year.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

Absolute garbage

Anyone who gives this course more than a couple stars is not an avid golfer, or they have not played this course more than a couple times. This place absolutely sucks now. They book tee times every 7-8 mins. This is the slowest place in the county to to play. My last round was 5 hours. Staff does nothing to push pace of play. Current conditions right now are junk fairways tee to green. The greens have always been a joke. They are so slow it’s not even fun. They are uneven and pitch marks are every where. The bunkers have next to no sand at all. Their is nothing here anymore that’s makes me want to play this course again. I won’t even practice there anymore. The driving is a complete disaster. There is no grass anywhere and they are putting in zero effort to fix it. But yet they just raised their prices again. I don’t even know how they could possibly justify the price hike and still sell buckets of junk cheap range balls out of a machine that barely works! Bottom line is there are way better places to play golf in Kern county. This place just takes your money and gives you the middle finger. They are lazy and incompetent at running the facility. Fire everyone and start over please

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

I only played 11 holes the weather was 40 degrees and I could not stand the cold. the course is wonderful and Iam planing to play it again soon.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

The greens needed a little work with so many divets, but the course was fairly well maintained.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great Value

This course is awesome for the money. One of the best public courses in Bakersfield. Only complaint is the pace of play can be slow at times.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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