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.
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