Golf Nomad Regional Course Rankings: Kern County, CA

Kern County was an easy one to rank. There are not a ton of courses and the order is very clear-cut all the way down the list, with Riverlakes Ranch standing head and shoulders above all other public courses in the region.

These rankings are based on my impressions of the overall design, scenery and relative value combined with more measurable elements such as conditioning, facilities and customer service (taking into account my personal experience(s) at the course and general word-of-mouth from reviews/ratings).

Keep in mind when clicking on any active review links below that often I review multiple courses in the same article, so sometimes you have to scroll down in the story to find the course listed here.


  1. The Links at Riverlakes Ranch • Bakersfield, CA
  2. Kern River Golf Course • Bakersfield, CA
  3. Tierra del Sol Golf Club • California City, CA
  4. Muroc Lake Golf Course • Edwards AFB, CA
  5. China Lake Golf Course • NAWS China Lake, CA
  6. Buena Vista Golf Course • Taft, CA
  7. North Kern Golf Course • Bakersfield, CA
  8. *Horse Thief Country Club • Tehachapi, CA (*CLOSED)
  9. *Sycamore Canyon Golf Course • Arvin, CA (*CLOSED)


  1. Seven Oaks Country Club • Bakersfield, CA
  2. Rio Bravo Country Club • Bakersfield, CA
  3. Stockdale Country Club • Bakersfield, CA
  4. Bakersfield Country Club • Bakersfield, CA
  5. Sundale Country Club • Bakersfield, CA
  6. Oak Tree Country Club • Tehachapi, CA
  7. Pine Mountain Club Golf Course • Pine Mountain Club, CA


  1. Delano Golf Course • Delano, CA
  2. California City Par-3 Golf Course • California City, CA
  3. *Kern Valley Golf Course • Kernville, CA (*CLOSED)

Kern County

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