Fairfield's par 3 golf course has a new name: "Carl Dickman Par 3 Golf Course."

The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the name for the golf course off South Pine Creek Road on Wednesday afternoon in tribute to Dickman, who died in January at the age of 84, after spending four decades in public service. The avid golfer had served lengthy stints on the Board of Selectmen and as a state representative, among other government posts.

Selectman James Walsh said that naming the par 3 course in Dickman's honor was appropriate given his love for the town and his passion for golf.

"I was one of the people he took under his wing when I joined the (Representative Town Meeting)," Walsh said. The par 3 course is located in the legislative district that Dickman represented, Walsh noted, adding, "I think it would be a great tribute to Carl."

Selectman Sherri Steeneck "wholeheartedly" seconded the motion. "He was a humble man," she said, who acted in a bipartisan manner, whether dealing with a Republican or a Democrat.

First Selectman Kenneth Flatto said people like Dickman, "who make a lifelong commitment to the town," deserve to be honored. "Carl served as a selectman for a lengthy period of time, and along with his years of service as a state representative," Flatto said, "he certainly reached the pedestal and he should be honored."

Walsh said he would contact members of Dickman's family to arrange a ceremony for formally naming the golf course.