The Bee posse's weekly update of the latest in area conditions, bargains, etc.
Course What you need to know
Bartley Cavanaugh Pristine on Monday fairways dry and running out, greens outstanding
Catta Verdera Offering expanded public access Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9-11 a.m., during which $50 greens fee includes cart, $10 voucher, access to Quixote's members' lounge and some of the area's finest greens
Dry Creek Fairways getting thin, but greens still in top shape and rolling fast and true
Empire Ranch New "wedge range" entails colorful 6-foot-tall boards at 10-yard increments from 30 to 100 yards and scorecards to document how many shots it takes to hit each; range hitting surface restricted to mats for foreseeable future; no frost delays, but carts restricted to path until frost breaks
Haggin Oaks MacKenzie greens quite good but rest of course still has lots of soggy spots
Land Park Greens good except for No. 4; bunkers groomed, tee boxes need work
Lincoln Hills Both Hills and Orchard courses good; Orchard greens roll a bit slower
Mather It's a long slog at wet, notoriously poor-draining county venue; greens OK
River Oaks $25 greens fee includes a cart every day through January, but you must go to riveroaksgolfclub.net to find mandatory coupon; cow that made its way onto frozen No. 2 green Tuesday did little lasting damage
Whitney Oaks Feb. 3 Super Bowl scramble: $105 includes 9 a.m. golf with cart, breakfast, drinks, big-game party with buffet, $5,000 in golf/raffle prizes ranging from dinners to Thunder Valley accommodations
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