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Fairfield’s 2 golf courses need estimated $900,000 loan

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Chris Jessop watches his friend attempt a putt at the Paradise Valley Golf Course in Fairfield, in December 2013. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic file)

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From page A4 | June 19, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Paradise Valley and Rancho Solano golf courses don’t generate enough revenue to repay loans to Fairfield and the city may loan an estimated $900,000 to the courses over three years.

That’s financing Mayor Harry Price said pays off in residential development and tourism but spurred Councilwoman Catherine Moy’s inquiry to city staff about selling Paradise Valley and Rancho Solano.

Moy said $900,000 “is a huge chunk of money.” She said that a majority of Fairfield residents don’t use the courses. The councilwoman said she’ll continue to ask city staff about a sale.

“I am really torn about this,” Moy added, noting the city has said the golf courses would sell for a low price compared to their value.

Price said the courses, open to the public, helped make the residential development of Paradise Valley and Rancho Solano possible.

“Fairfield has a reputation for providing luxury homes and certainly that’s part of it,” he said. “Good golf courses are a prime attraction.”

They 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.

The proposed city budget that council members take up Tuesday notes that after many years in decline, the number of taxable rounds increased in fiscal year 2011-12 at both courses – a trend that continued last year and through the first nine months of this fiscal year.

Despite the rebound, the courses require city financial support, the budget notes. Rancho Solano will need support through fiscal year 2017-18 and Paradise Valley through fiscal year 2018-19, according to the budget.

The Fairfield City Council took up in May a staff proposal to prohibit teaching for pay by anyone but certified professional instructors employed by the golf course operator or city. Council members delayed action on the proposal.

Moy said Wednesday about the staff proposal to limit teaching and the city’s financial aid to the two golf courses that, “I don’t know if the two are connected.”

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

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  • CD BrooksJune 19, 2014 - 3:17 pm

    Why is it Fairfield always takes a beating on these ventures? I agree with Moy, sell 'em!

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  • Joseph D. JoyceJune 19, 2014 - 4:40 pm

    This is absurd! Another example of Price's economic segregation plan! These courses should be sold immediatly, they're also further devastating to our depleted water supply. Why can't we offer $900k in low interest loans to North Texas street business's interested in revitalizing their storefronts??

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  • B. ThiemerJune 19, 2014 - 5:07 pm

    Selling the golf courses should have been acted upon years ago, as a prerequisite to approving Measure P. They are not vital the the operation of our municipal government.

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  • Grumpy GusJune 19, 2014 - 6:07 pm

    This has got to stop... we have been subsidizing this nonsense for too long. Just so that a few folks can golf and have a nice green back yard. Go Catherine Moy... any council member who votes once again to subsidize these private playgrounds for the gated communities will be voted down at election time. I promise to do everything in my power to see that happens! And honestly any council folks who vote for it, who are not up for re-election should be recalled. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH When Kemper was given the contract they were supposed to bring this back into the black. Sell them now! Not one more tax-payer dollar should not be spent on this at the same time we cut city services and raise water rates...

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  • docJune 19, 2014 - 8:14 pm

    Those golf courses are open to the public and are not behind any gates.

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  • Mr. PracticalJune 19, 2014 - 7:13 pm

    So, apparently quality of like means nothing? We're in a recession. Most businesses have been bleeding as well. Ride it out.

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  • Mr. PracticalJune 19, 2014 - 7:14 pm

    quality of life

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  • DudeJune 19, 2014 - 9:27 pm

    Quality of life?....This is FAIRFIELD, what quality?......LOL

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  • JagJune 19, 2014 - 9:29 pm

    Or how about we lease it out so FF does not get any profits but at the same time we don’t have to cover any cost then if a few years when Obama is gone and the economy gets better we sell the land

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  • FredJune 19, 2014 - 8:12 pm

    Time to sell these money pits!... Every city has a golf course or three & I can think of a lot better ones in better city's that have more to offer as a destination. Few would venture to a city just for the golf course alone. Price said the courses, open to the public, helped make the residential development of Paradise Valley and Rancho Solano possible. So the average Joe still has to subsidize these communities for the rich? Maybe those communities should cover the cost & should have from the beginning. “Ride it out” Mr P? This ride came to a stop a long time ago…

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  • ToniJune 19, 2014 - 8:19 pm

    I also agree with Council woman Moy, we should have sold the golf courses along time ago. We our in a recession.

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  • FairfielderJune 19, 2014 - 8:20 pm

    Hey, isn't that Chuck Timm

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  • Mr. PracticalJune 20, 2014 - 5:41 am

    Rich?

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