Scottish Links Style Is Right At Home In San Joaquin Valley
Tucked into the southern end of California's San Joaquin Valley, Bakersfield is typical Central California--sunny, warm and beautiful year round. Despite the nearby Tehachapi Mountains that separate it from the Los Angeles basin, it's also quite flat—providing the perfect canvas for course architect, Ron Fream to paint his masterpiece!
The Links at RiverLakes Ranch takes full advantage of its superbly fertile, valley location. In fact the land on which the Links now stands, once supported vegetable and cotton crops which later gave way to almond orchards. What gives The Links At RiverLakes Ranch its unique layout and design is its many undulations in a very flat environment.
In creating The Links RiverLakes Ranch, over 100 mature trees were removed and replanted throughout the course to create a less regimented, orderly feel and create a more natural golf course lay out
The result was a co-mingling of light and shade, wide open and tight areas woven into the fabric of the course.
Also meandering through the 18-hole, 6800-yard track is the Friant-Kern canal which provides water to much of the Los Angeles area. While not a natural river, the canal combined with the many lakes at RiverLakes Ranch provide a refreshing sensation for the game of your life.
Another great way to enjoy RiverLakes is to take advantage of the cooling misters that constantly keep the air moist and cool around the club house. When you're making the turn, spend some time in the cool mist and grab plenty of beverages for the inward nine. Continued...