Wednesday, April 1, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

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]

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 12 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • 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!!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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!!!!!!!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • NONONOMay 16, 2014 - 6:55 am

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

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • S KMay 16, 2014 - 11:03 am

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

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

Records detail shooting victim’s court history

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A1, 40 Comments | Gallery

 
Vallejo youth wins county spelling bee

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
25th annual Rush Ranch Open House on April calendar

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A2

 
 
Saturday Club schedules Shower of Flowers event

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3

 
Searchers find 84-year-old missing nearly a day

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A4, 2 Comments | Gallery

 
Symphony opportunity, scholarships available

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A4

 
Free Healthier Living workshops begin this week

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A5

Music teachers receive program grants

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A5

 
Vallejo woman hit, killed by vehicle

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A6

Workshops offer information on child support process

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A6

 
 
Group plans Haiti missions fundraisers

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A6, 2 Comments

 
Travel presentation ready to roll in Vacaville

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A6

Helen Mirren film set for debut

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B9 | Gallery

 
Frazier to deliver keynote at Solano EDC event

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: B10

WIB to host regional career fair

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: B10 | Gallery

 
Fairfield police log: March 29, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A14

Fairfield police log: March 28, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A14, 2 Comments

 
Suisun City police log: March 29, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A14

Suisun City police log: March 28, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A14

 
Man struck by car, injured

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A14, 1 Comment

.

US / World

 
 
3D print technology provides ‘robohand’ to 7-year-old girl

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Endangered bighorn sheep moved to Yosemite, Sequoia parks

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7 | Gallery

Family: Man dead at Hollywood Hills home is Andrew Getty

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Tuskegee Airman Leslie A. Williams dies in California at 95

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Woman charged with stabbing boyfriend after salsa argument

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Police: Prisoner who stole gun, fled hospital found in DC

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Dress-wearing man killed by NSA police had lengthy record

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Exercising critically ill patients may help speed recovery

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10 | Gallery

Defense rests in 1st phase of Boston Marathon bombing trial

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Transportation strike shuts down Argentina

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
Nigerian troops prevent Boko Haram attacks

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

Iran nuke talks extend past deadline

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11, 2 Comments

 
Relief program paid millions for ‘flawed’ work

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

Buhari defeats Goodluck Jonathan in Nigerian election

By The Associated Press | From Page: A15

 
.

Living

Community Calendar: April 1, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
Today in history: April 1, 2015

By Maureen Fissolo | From Page: A2

Should we sent wedding invitations to relatives we know can’t come?

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B7

 
Horoscopes: April 1, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B7

Dressing up spring asparagus with an easy brown butter sauce

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
 
.

Entertainment

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B9

 
‘General Hospital’ leads Daytime Emmy nominations

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

Olympic champ Gabby Douglas’ family to get reality show

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

 
.

Sports

Randle sets record, leads Stanford past ODU in NIT semis

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Vanden’s Orme strikes out 16, tosses no-hitter

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1

Prep boys golf preview: All 4 city teams are young

By Brian Arnold | From Page: B1

 
Short-handed Miami rallies to beat Temple 60-57 in NIT semis

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Barry Zito’s scoreless streak ends; A’s beat Angels 13-10

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Cubs will track noise so Wrigley rehab doesn’t disturb fans

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Lincecum pitches into 6th in Giants’ win over Rockies

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

AP’s Run to the Roses: Mubtaahij No. 8; Dortmund still No. 1

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Michigan State title would be worth $1 million to Vegas man

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

AP study projects average MLB salary tops $4M

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
University of North Dakota begins campaign to find nickname

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Judge rules Ernie Banks will is valid

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Kentucky’s platoon system gives way to traditional rotation

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Chris Mullin returns home to coach St. John’s

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Soccer player at center of search killed crossing LA freeway

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Frozen Four will be old home week for BU coach David Quinn

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Rio Olympic tickets go on sale despite football uncertainty

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Tiger Woods plays practice round at Augusta

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
US gives up another late goal in 1-1 tie at Switzerland

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

NASCAR finds Ryan Newman’s race team for manipulated tires

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Patriots owner: Aaron Hernandez told me he was innocent

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Raiders release DT Antonio Smith

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Tennessee hires former Texas coach Rick Barnes

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Thunder star Kevin Durant has bone graft surgery

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey showing off versatility

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

NASCAR driver Kyle Larson released from hospital

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
.

Business

San Bruno supports higher fine

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

 
Google to release their cheapest laptop yet

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10, 2 Comments

Several charged in Medicaid shoe fraud

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10, 3 Comments

 
Fast food organizers expand their campaign

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10, 2 Comments

Online craft retailer Etsy preps for IPO

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

 
Many trucks being driven beyond designed top speed

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

Buffet expected to buy dealerships

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

 
.

Obituaries

Gordon Davis

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Carlos Penados

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

.

Comics

Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7