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Open Daily 9am – 9pm
*We stop selling balls at 8pm*

Veteran and Locally Owned



Open Daily 9am – 10pm
*We stop selling balls at 9pm*


Veteran and Locally Owned

About Us

A Family Swing, A Community Win!

Hey Bakersfield! We’re Jim and Erica, your friendly faces behind The Ultimate Drive. Over a decade in this sun-soaked city, and man, have we built some lasting memories and friendships. Here’s our tale of how we turned our love for golf—and each other—into your ultimate chill zone.

A Leap of Faith and a Love for the Fairway

Jim’s been a golfer at heart ever since he can remember. Whether it’s that perfect swing or just a casual putt, he believes the driving range is a place where each swing has a story. Erica, well, she was more of the queen of the golf cart, and making sure the fun were kept 100!

One day, when Jim found out our now-home, the former driving range, was closed, he thought, “Why not make this dream a reality?” Backed by Jim’s business prowess and Erica’s knack for hospitality, we took a leap of faith.

Every Business Is a Team Sport

Hayden, our ever-reliable son, joined us on this journey from Day 1. Starting with grounds and maintenance, he’s now more like our co-pilot, steering this fun ship alongside us.


And let’s not forget Ellie, our wonderful daughter. For the first 3.5 years, she was our youngest brand ambassador, so to speak. She not only helped out customers but also became a friendly face for all the families who came in. Ellie added a dash of youthful exuberance that made The Ultimate Drive feel even more like home for everyone.

Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

Since swinging open our doors, we’ve been humbled over by the love and loyalty from you, our extended family. It’s not just about perfecting your game here; it’s about making buddies for life while having a good time. Big shoutout to our A-Team staff, who keep the place running smooth as a well-aimed putt.

Building More Than Just Scores

We’re a veteran-owned business, and that ethic of service goes beyond just the military. We’re all about giving back to this wonderful community that has given us so much. As we continue to upgrade our game, our main drive (pun intended!) is to get more people to fall in love with the game and make golf the backdrop for so many more life stories.

See you on the green!

With Swings & Smiles,
Jim, Erica, Hayden, and Ellie
The Ultimate Drive Family

Staff Members

Hayden Smith

General Manager

Kevin Williams

Pro-Shop Shift Leader

Steven “Huggy” Huggins

Club Smith/ Shift Leader

Thavey Thav

Pro-Shop Shift Leader

Nathaly Torres

Pro-Shop Attendant

Eveney Herrera

Pro-Shop Attendant

Gianna Mancilla

Pro-Shop Attendant

Seth Sanchez

Pro-Shop Attendant/ Grounds and Maintenance

Francisco Tamayo

Grounds and Maintenance Supervisor

Nate Gonzalez

Grounds and Maintenance

Kenny Chay

Grounds and Maintenance

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