The Bee posse's weekly update of the latest in area conditions, bargains, etc.
Course What you need to know
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
See something we should check out? Call Steve Pajak at (916) 326-5526.