Fairfield staff seeks to stop unauthorized golf lessons

By From page A4 | May 16, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Unauthorized instruction on the city’s two golf courses would be prohibited if Fairfield City Council members approve a staff-recommended resolution the city said is spurred by an increase in instructors who lack necessary credentials to teach, including background checks to work with children.

“Use of the city-owned golf courses by unauthorized individuals for golf lessons for profit is an unacceptable practice,” the city staff report states.

The Professional Golfers’ Association certifies the staff to teach golf at the city courses and the right to provide golf instruction is part of contracts for the two Fairfield city courses, the staff report said. Private instruction infringes on the rights of the city’s contractors, according to the staff.

Thomas Martian, public works manager for Fairfield, said about five people have been reported for teaching. Compensation has included bartering for bottles of wine, he said.

Cost of instruction by the certified staff ranges from $35 to $40 an hour at Paradise Valley and Rancho Solano golf courses, Martian said.

Current city code prohibits any patron to announce, advertise or to call public attention to services for sale, the report states, but questions have arisen as to whether the language prohibits private instruction.

“We thought it would be easier to clean up the language,” Martian said of the new wording in the resolution.

The new measure prohibits instruction in exchange for compensation unless employed by the city or golf course operator.

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

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

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  • The MisterMay 16, 2014 - 6:28 am

    What a bunch of chicken snot. Five unapproved "instructors" is upsetting the apple cart of the good-old-boy network? What do you want to bet that those five "instructors" are also tax payers who help pay for the park, the city contracts, and the city government? So the city parks, as it turns out, is only for some people and only if they do approved things. These five "instructors" aren't hurting anybody... except those in the good-old-boy network... and are actually helping others. Can't have that! The city needs to be in charge and call the shots! What a bunch of Hitler's!!

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  • BaseballmomMay 16, 2014 - 6:57 am

    Thank you. Yes, we cannot have any private business activity going on at the city courses. Lord forbid!!!! Oh wait, it's all about protecting the chiiiiiiillllllddddrrreeeeennnn! Yeah. Right.

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  • S KMay 16, 2014 - 6:58 am

    Why do they even need to butt their noses in on this. They need to spend their time figuring out how to fight crime, in Fairfield 100% of the time, nothing else. Boy OH Boy, you folks in Fairfield need to make some BIG changes in that council, OH YEAH!!!!!!!

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  • NONONOMay 16, 2014 - 6:55 am

    Why, oh why does the city own golf courses? Madness!

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  • Mr.RMay 16, 2014 - 8:01 am

    So,They don't want me to teach my friends to play golf in exchange for a good bottle of wine (which we will share).What a bunch of panty wastes.Get real and work on things like crime and road repairs.Stop wasting the citys money with petty things.

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  • CD BrooksMay 16, 2014 - 8:37 am

    There is no shortage of crime in Fairfield and vey little is being done about the day-to-day practice that would certainly slow it down. If you wonder why we have issues here, just read this article. Sort of makes you wonder who we're paying for what, and why.

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  • S KMay 16, 2014 - 11:03 am

    Truly insane CD. Remember this come election time, Buddy.

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  • SamMay 16, 2014 - 10:25 am

    These golf courses are being supported by tax payers when they are NOT self supporting. We DO NOT need 2 city owed money hogging golf courses.

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  • 4realMay 16, 2014 - 2:28 pm

    Mr. Martian, are you not from this planet? A bottle of wine? How much is the city paying this public works manager to address this major concern? Does this fine piece of city have nothing better to do like fixing all the pot holes, city fences, sidewalks, etc. Its past time the city sold these two money pits. Glad to see city council has it's priority’s straight. Keep up the good work. By the way, I saw a shopping cart abandoned on E. Travis, get right on that.

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  • Larry Von BeaberMay 16, 2014 - 8:46 pm

    First of all, the golf course charges by the half hour, not the hour. Secondly, many people have taken lessons from these pros and have found them not to be very helpful. That's why some of us are seeking help from outside instructors. Maybe the staff needs a refresher course in teaching!

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  • Tom NelsonMay 17, 2014 - 9:52 am

    "The new measure prohibits instruction in exchange for compensation unless employed by the city or golf course operator." So how can this measure be enforced? Payments can be made in a number of ways; cash exchange away from the golf course/range, PayPal, Bitcoin, exchange of services, etc. etc. Why go to all this trouble (and expense) to create a code that appears (at least to me) to be unenforceable?

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  • Only in FairfieldMay 18, 2014 - 12:54 am

    There's more to this article than unauthorized golf lessons. And so if I take my brother, friend or co-worker to the range and teach them how to swing the golf clubs and then they buy me a glass of beer or beverage at the clubhouse with appetizers($30+), that is against the city code? That explains why these so called pro's look at us as if we're doing something wrong when our groups are teaching each other. Soon they will add to this city code is unauthorized bringing of food, beverage and maybe even water while in the golf course. Fairfield has bigger problem with kids especially with the teens.... we have the worst junior golf program in the county or nearby cities with two public golf courses. Fairfield should look into cities like Sacramento, Alameda, Pleasanton and San Jose on their jr golf programs.

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