Round 3 set for city policy at Fairfield golf courses

By July 16, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Round 3 for the city policy about instruction at Fairfield’s public golf courses is set Tuesday.

The City Council, after first taking up the matter in May – and delaying a July 1 discussion because two council members were absent – is scheduled to return to whether to prohibit unauthorized lessons.

Informal volunteer instruction at the city’s two golf courses could continue, states a city staff report, and Kemper Sports Golf Management Company, which operates Rancho Solano and Paradise Valley golf courses, encourages such instruction and helps Fairfield underwrite youth golf programs.

Prohibiting teaching for pay by anyone but certified professional instructors is standard in the golf industry and needed to protect Kemper Sports from financial harm, according to the city staff.

Fairfield’s agreement with Kemper provides that 100 percent of proceeds from golf instruction will return to the course operator, the staff report notes.

Independent private instruction is generally not permitted because it undermines the golf course’s economic viability, increases liability and can negatively affect the image of the course “because the affiliation of instructors may not be readily discernible depending on how they represent themselves,” the report adds.

Several residents spoke against the prohibition on private instruction when the council first took up the matter in May.

Council members meet at 6 p.m. in the chamber at 1000 Webster St.

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

Ryan McCarthy


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  • George GuynnJuly 15, 2014 - 10:39 am

    What is next? The golf police? The golf courses need to be sold and government needs to stay out of the private sector.

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