The Bee posse's weekly update of the latest in area conditions, bargains, etc.
Course What you need to know
Ancil Hoffman Greens smooth but still a little slow three weeks after aerification; 14th green still the weakest link and No. 5 still being played from forward tee
Bing Maloney Very good; great coverage in fairways, greens so firm that even short chips result in echoing thud when ball lands; six days before aerification
Diamond Oaks Very nice; greens still poa-annua bumpy, but not bad; pro shop always receives high marks for friendliness, helpfulness
Lockeford Springs Rough is brutal with lost balls a real possibility; greens true but on slow side
Morgan Creek From a player returning after two years: Really noticed how much more forgiving it is; although greens slower, course in general more enjoyable
Stevinson Ranch Out-of-town special report: While fairways and tees exceptional as always, greens ravaged by what appears to be insect infestation
Timber Creek Lush everywhere; greens smooth/fast downhill and grainy/slower uphill with lots of break; better rates available five days in advance
Wild Wings Bermuda fairways perking up, but greens still struggling to come back four weeks after aerification
Aerified last week: Alta Sierra, Antelope Greens, Apple Mountain, Bartley Cavanaugh, Catta Verdera, Empire Ranch, Mather, WildHawk
Aerified this week: Bass Lake, Turkey Creek
Scheduled to aerify next week: Bing Maloney, Diamond Oaks
See something we should check out? Call Steve Pajak at (916) 326-5526.