The Bee posse's weekly update of the latest in area conditions, bargains, etc.
Course What you need to know
Bing Maloney Greens impressively fast, starting with No. 1; firm fairways provide lots of roll
Dry Creek Fairways a little thin but still providing good lies; greens really fast and smooth
Emerald Lakes Donate four cans of food for Elk Grove Food Bank, get a free 30-minute lesson
Empire Ranch Excellent shape; greens fast and roll true
Haggin Oaks MacKenzie's greens, greatly troubled in September and October, back to normal
Turkey Creek Greens as good as they get; rough remains minimal for sake of pace of play
Whitney Oaks Changes continue since April purchase with holdover pro, superintendent gone
Yocha Dehe Clubhouse/restaurant/staff remain top-notch five years after opening; greens much more receptive to approach shots than in early days; the Cadillac of carts with fabric, bucket-style seats and cool GPS technology that gives first-timers great flyover views but will shut you down if you drive where you shouldn't
See something we should check out? Call Steve Pajak at (916) 326-5526.