The Bee posse's weekly update of the latest in area conditions, bargains, etc.
Course What you need to know
Auburn Valley Greens extremely fast but spongy around holes; OK conditions rest of course
Bing Maloney Teeing areas coming along nicely after leveling, seeding a few months back; No. 13 on forward tee for a few months; greens being rolled twice a week
Campus Commons It's cash only for nine-hole, riverside experience (there's an on-site ATM); greens good but a little slow; tee boxes need some grass-growing weather
Catta Verdera Public taking advantage of expanded Tuesday-Wednesday morning access, which makes for some slow play those days; good shape tee through green
Diamond Oaks Friendly staff gets rounds started in positive light; greens good; fairways have nice grass coverage, a few wet spots; good for early February, all in all
Empire Ranch Greens outstanding fast, fast, fast and true, true, true; fairways rolling out
Haggin Oaks MacKenzie not ideal front nine greens spiked, surprisingly mushy elsewhere
Lincoln Hills Greens good, fairways OK on Hills and Orchard courses; dwindling number of bunker rakes and range-ball buckets a result of retirement community residents interested in home-improvement projects, goes word on the street
Paradise Valley Good online deals and course conditions make drive to Fairfield worthwhile
Whitney Oaks One of few area courses to allow fivesomes, which is a potential pace-of-play issue with tee times at eight-minute intervals; important to pick most suitable tee box on challenging layout; overall, conditions good
WildHawk Bunker-restoration project has resumed greenside on No. 17 24 bunkers done, 30 more to go; goal is to have greenside bunkers finished before May
See something we should check out? Call Steve Pajak at (916) 326-5526.