Our Story


Located on approximately 125 acres of rolling hills in the heart of Los Gatos, La Rinconada is one of the most beautiful properties in the Santa Clara Valley. The Club overlooks the valley from the western foothills to the Santa Cruz Mountains. Members enjoy a beautiful golf course amid natural plantings, wildlife and the scenery across the Silicon Valley.

The idea for building the course took shape in the late 1920s and, due to the dedicated efforts of a small group of men, culminated in the dedication of the golf course in 1929. The founding members described the setting as one of the finest locations that could be carved out for a golf course.

The Club and course was dedicated by Senator Sanborn Young, one of the original club members. Other founding members included W.C. Sprague, W. B. Maxwell, Wendell C. Thomas, I.D. Mable, J.W. Higgenbotham, A.P. Giannini and James D. Bacigalupi. Golf Pro Phil Jefferson was instrumental in building and maintaining the course in the early days.

World War II brought the Club to the brink of bankruptcy. After the war, it was sold to Sol J. Leider, the golfing dentist who did so much for golf in this area. On November 7, 1952, he was persuaded to lease the land back to a group of area residents for a period of 99 years, and the Club was reborn in its present form.

The golf course has been kept true to its classic design. Fairways are tight and tree-lined. Greens are small and well-guarded by bunkers. The variety of holes and shots make the course one that Members enjoy playing day after day. The golf course is complemented by an extensive practice facility, one of the best in the Bay Area. The club is committed to water conservation, having recently reduced irrigation by 30%, accomplished by drilling wells and enlarging a storage pond.

The club offers junior golf programs, swimming, fitness, bocce ball, yoga, dining and several social events. The Clubhouse plays host to a wide variety of community events, including many charitable activities, including the Dave’s Avenue School Auction, Los Gatos New Millennium Foundation, Los Gatos Community Foundation, Hope Services, and Los Gatos High School Athletic Hall of Fame Induction.