The Bee posse's weekly update of the latest in area conditions, bargains, etc.
Course: What you need to know
Ancil Hoffman Years-long effort to transition fairways to Bermuda progressing; a reality check regarding recent criticism of driving range turf five days a week on grass beats full time on mats any day, any way.
Bartley Cavanaugh Greens in great condition; tules along Nos. 9 and 18 completely cleared
Bodega Harbour Out-of-town-special report (OOTSR) No. 1: Super shape as seen through fog
Clear Creek Tahoe OOTSR No. 2: Private course near Carson City, foreclosed on and closed two years ago, reopened this summer and is spectacular get an invite
Empire Ranch A soggy mess over weekend; no roll to be had and balls perpetually muddy
Greenhorn Creek OOTSR No. 3: Excellent conditions throughout down Angels Camp way
Lincoln Hills Orchard course mostly good; some spots in fairways wet enough for relief
Mather Greens OK/medium speed; everything falls under heading of "pretty good"
Squaw Creek OOTSR No. 4: Nicely maintained and great relative value; it's cart-path only
Tahoe Donner OOTSR No. 5: Tight lies in fairways; greens nicked up; average for Truckee
Whitney Oaks Host of 2013 Northern California Open on Sept. 9-11 with $60,000 purse
Wild Wings Fairways tight and firm; greens still among best around; bunkers need work
Windsor OOTSR No. 6: Outstanding shape tee through green just north of Santa Rosa
See something we should check out? Call Steve Pajak at (916) 326-5526.