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Ancil Hoffman Middle teeing area on par-3 fifth hole, which was recently leveled and seeded, is covered to promote grass growth and will be out of play for two months; that humming sound left of the 14th green is a fan blowing air through underground drainage pipes to prevent bacteria growth and provide oxygen; the 14th green, troubled since its debut two years ago, is not the prettiest, but it is improving this should be its make-or-break summer
Arbuckle Tuesday's rain shouldn't take any of the fire out of typically lightning-fast greens at this weekend's annual Almond Blossom three-putt extravaganza
Castle Oaks Fairways had finally dried out and were firm/fast as of Sunday, but, alas
Dry Creek Fairways thin but starting to fill in; greens recently sprayed to kill bad grass and are full of sandy spots where treated; overall, course needs a few weeks
Empire Ranch Greens excellent, fairways fast and firm
Rancho Murieta Limited public availability through at least March 15: It's $40 Monday-Thursday after 11:30 a.m. and Friday-Sunday after noon cart included; greens very slick and true; mostly Bermuda fairways dormant and brown but good to play from
Teal Bend Continues to elicit high praise and commentary about tough hole locations
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