Round 2 begins for Fairfield golf measure to restrict instruction

By From page A4 | May 22, 2014

FAIRFIELD — The free enterprise model for instruction at Fairfield’s city golf courses gets Ron Beverly’s vote.

The former football coach at Solano Community College, where he also taught golf, said Fairfield Councilwoman Pam Bertani’s proposal to let the market decide who instructs golf makes sense.

“That’s the logical way,” Beverly said Wednesday.

Fairfield City Council members meeting Tuesday took up a staff proposal to prohibit teaching for pay by anyone but certified professional instructors employed by the golf course operator or city. Several residents spoke against the measure.

“I’m scared it will take away from people going to the courses,” Fairfield resident Kimberly Harris said.

John Takeuchi told the City Council, “This is a law looking for a problem.”

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

No action was taken and city attorney Greg Stepanicich said he’ll review the existing ordinance. The matter is expected to return at the council’s June 3 meeting.

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

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, has 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.

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

Ryan McCarthy


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