FAIRFIELD — The city can review sale of its two golf courses that will require an estimated $900,000 in loans over three years, Fairfield’s incoming city manager says.
David White responded at the City Council meeting Tuesday to Councilwoman Catherine Moy’s concerns about the cost of Paradise Valley and Ranch Solano golf courses and the city considering their sale.
“We’re shoveling money in,” Moy said about the cost of the courses. “It is a discussion we need to have.”
The councilwoman said she doesn’t like to see the financial hemorrhaging going on with the courses.
Moy said a golf course broker contacted after learning of her interest in the city reviewing a sale of Paradise Valley and Rancho Solano. The broker said the city could make some money in a sale of the sites.
A proposed budget that won approval notes the need for the loan for Paradise Valley and Rancho Solano, where the number of rounds played continues to rise. The courses, however, aren’t generating enough revenue to repay loans to Fairfield.
Resident William Dexter Sanders said Fairfield has a lot of excess properties it should sell.
“Stop competing with business,” he said. “Be a city.”
“I’ve been in business,” Sanders said. “It’s very hard.”
Councilman John Mraz said Fairfield is stuck with the golf courses.
“Nobody wants to buy them,” he said.
Mayor Harry Price has said the courses pay off in residential development and tourism. He said the courses, which are open to the public, helped make the residential development of Paradise Valley and Rancho Solano possible.
The courses also help the appeal of business conferences that take place at Jelly Belly and elsewhere, Price said.
Kemper Sports Golf Management Company operates the two 18-hole courses. Rancho Solano opened in 1990 and Paradise Valley in 1993.
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