FAIRFIELD — A measure that prohibits paid, unauthorized lessons at Fairfield’s two golf courses – while not affecting informal volunteer instruction – won City Council approval Tuesday.
Prohibiting teaching for pay by anyone but certified professional instructors is standard in the golf industry and needed to protect the Kemper Sports Golf Management Company from financial harm, according to a city staff report.
“This has a financial impact on Kemper,” George Hicks, public works director for Fairfield, told the City Council on Tuesday about unauthorized lessons.
Fairfield’s agreement with Kemper, which operates the Rancho Solano and Paradise Valley courses, provides that 100 percent of proceeds from golf instruction will return to the course operator, the staff said.
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 said.
Rod Keck, a member of the city golf advisory board, supported the measure approved Tuesday by the City Council.
Suisun City resident George Guynn Jr. questioned Fairfield owning golf courses.
“Government should stick to government,” he said.
“Perhaps you guys should try to sell the property,” Guynn told the council about the golf courses.
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