Fairfield council report eyes golf instruction at city courses

By From page A3 | June 28, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Informal volunteer instruction at the city’s two golf courses could continue if a proposed prohibition of unauthorized lessons is adopted, Fairfield City Manager David White says.

A report to the City Council by White and two other municipal officials says prohibiting teaching for pay by anyone but certified professional instructors is standard in the golf industry and needed to protect Kemper Sports Golf Management Company from financial harm.

Kemper Sports operates Rancho Solano and Paradise Valley.

Fairfield’s agreement with Kemper provides that 100 percent of proceeds from golf instruction will return to the course operator, the staff notes.

Independent private instruction is generally not permitted because it undermines the golf course’s economic viability, increases liability and can negatively affect the image of the course “because the affiliation of instructors may not be readily discernible depending on how they represent themselves,” the report adds.

Several residents spoke against the prohibition when the council first took up the matter in May.

John Takeuchi told the council: “This is a law looking for a problem.”

“This is ‘nanny state’ – big time,” he said.

Fairfield City Councilwoman Pam Bertani said the free market should decide who teaches golf at the courses.

Council members meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the chamber at 1000 Webster St.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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  • Mr. PracticalJune 28, 2014 - 6:27 am

    Pam Bertani's quote is priceless and telling. Pam, the free market did decide who teaches golf and Kemper Sports was the winner. Where did she get her law degree? (insert own joke here)

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