Gasman, never replied to your inquiry about Riverlakes Ranch in Bakersfield, CA.
My cousin actually used to be one of the course managers there so I played there on a regular basis. I would not say it is an incredible course as the greens are usually over watered and soft. Therefore your shots tend to stick and the greens have lots of damage. I always play at the Bakersfield Country Club which is a top notch course but do not know their rules for non-member play as I go under my parents membership.
The Stockdale Golf Course is nice as well but have never played there as it is on the opposite side of town from me.
If you are going to make the journey to Bako for some golf you should make sure to have some ice cream at dewars ice cream or atleast get some of their chews.