Tucked amid the shadows of eucalyptus trees and mexican palms, Buena Vista Golf Course roams across 6,710 yards of dramatically undulating terrain. Throughout the par-72 layout, golfers grapple with uneven lies wrought by the hilly topography, as well as large, contoured greens that require a soft touch with the putter. As players make their way from tee to green, hillcrests offer glimpses of the surrounding farmland, the two lakes that comprise Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Center, and distant mountains as they ripple out into the horizon and hide the unsightly edge of the earth. Guests looking to polish their game can consult Buena Vista's two PGA Class A professionals, who offer private lessons and club-fitting services.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-72 course
Total length of 6,710 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 72.9 from the back tees
Slope rating of 124 from the back tees
Four sets of tees per hole
Kern Charter Service dots Bakersfield skies with the majestic flight patterns of a large fleet of Cessna aircraft, giving aspiring pilots instant access to a bird's-eye view of awesome sightscapes and jungle-gym-shaped cumulus clouds. During a 40-minute discovery flight, a certified flight instructor will sit shotgun as you take the controls of the plane, fulfilling Top Gun-fueled fantasies of escaping earthly bonds and finding equal footing with the wind. The flight instructor will guide you through the necessities of piloting, ensuring safety and stability at all times. Kern's top-tier training is matched by its fleet, which currently consists of four Cessna 172s, deemed reliable and maneuverable enough to help first-time flyers avoid skydiving ex-presidents and wayward Frisbees.
Paula Brown has been practicing and teaching yoga since 1999, ever since she discovered that yoga went beyond mere exercise. As a registered Yoga Alliance instructor, she draws on techniques developed 2,500 years ago in India. Each posture cultivates flexibility and strength while calming the mind and fostering health. Paula's style is based on the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar, a yoga master who recently celebrated his 90th birthday. Iyengar's method is unique in that he emphasizes proper alignment, timing, and sequencing while moving between postures.
All of Paula's 14 instructors offer daily classes and private sessions inside the more than 9,000-square-foot Yoga Space studio, built in an old bank and furnished with eco-friendly paint, all-natural air, and an abundance of light. In addition to three yoga rooms, the studio includes a healing center that offers massages and more, an outside patio, and a tea bar. When students finish their classes, they can browse through the studio's store, which is stocked with yoga mats and clothes made with organic cotton and recycled karma.
It took canonical artists, from Vincent van Gogh to Pablo Picasso, years to complete their masterworks. At Corks & Strokes, it takes students of all skill levels only 120 minutes. That's because local artists lead the studio's two-hour painting classes, guiding pupils through each step toward completing the evening's painting. Equipment such as acrylic paint, brushes, canvases, aprons, and easels are all provided, though students are responsible for supplying their own snacks, beer, and wine. Besides adult painting classes, Corks & Strokes hosts courses for children, as well as freestyle painting sessions where visitors can stop by and paint independently.
Passionate about exploration, Bakersfield Scuba's instructors ready divers as young as 8 for aquatic adventures. They get students prepped with certification classes that include training in heated pools, open-water dives, and academic study. For those in training, or those ready to go it alone, they also provide rentals of all necessary scuba gear.
The 5K Fun Fest helps runners stay active, but it also channels running for a good cause, inviting racers to test their endurance while raising money and awareness for special-needs support groups and programs. Participants are invited to walk, run, or bunny hop the 5K at their own pace, which puts an emphasis on the importance of enjoying the journey, as opposed to finishing the fastest. A special-needs parade follows the 5K, and other event highlights include food, entertainment, and a community fair.