The Bee posse's weekly update of the latest in area conditions, bargains, etc.
Course What you need to know
Ancil Hoffman Fairways still a bit under the weather; greens good except for No. 14 and scheduled to be punched Oct. 28-29
Auburn Valley Great rates, great conditions (other than bunkers), good pace of play what else do you need?
Bartley Cavanaugh Fairways great, greens firm and fast; weekday players should inquire about Tuesday after 10 a.m. special
Dry Creek Greens, aerified Sept. 25-26, recovering nicely and a week away from their best; good coverage in fairways
Empire Ranch Great shape throughout; greens some of the best in Sacramento area
Haggin Oaks Condition of MacKenzie fairways drawing raves; greens above average; bathroom upgrades appreciated
Hiddenbrooke Greens wild fast on Vallejo course, which makes difficult layout that much more difficult
Lincoln Hills Bunkers on the Orchard course not among the best in the area (best patches are the footprints)
Poppy Ridge Greens on Livermore course are wow! Smooth, fast and a contender for best played this year
WildHawk Greens not bad for being punched two weeks ago they're faster than they look; bunkers still a sore spot
Wildhorse During a 5-hour, 15-minute round Friday, greens found to be good but severely ball-marked, fairways just OK
Winchester A good experience overall with greens a little better than average
Aerified last week: Davis, Mather, The Ridge;
Aerified this week: Diamond Oaks
Scheduled to aerify next week: Lincoln Hills (both courses), Whitney Oaks
See something we should check out? Call Steve Pajak at (916) 326-5526.