Born and raised in Los Gatos, California, Steve Rice has been heavily involved with his community since as long as he can remember. Since the 1920s, his family has resided in Los Gatos, leaving Steve with strong ties and passion towards his hometown.
Los Gatos in located in Santa Clara County, California which is in Northern California. Los Gatos is located 52 miles from San Francisco, 126 miles from Sacramento and about 225 miles from Lake Tahoe. Los Gatos, California has a population of around 30,000. The town was founded in the mid 1850’s by James Alexander Forbes along Los Gatos Creek, where he built a flour operation called Forbes Mill. Today, the mill has been preserved and turned into a museum located just off of Main Street. The town was originally named after the mill, but quickly changed to Los Gatos after the Spanish land grant, La Rinconada de Los Gatos (Cat’s Corner). The “cats” refers to the bobcats and mountain lions that reside in the foothills in which the town stands in. For a number of years, the town remained a logging industry throughout the 19th century, but turned into an agricultural town as apricots, prunes, and grapes began to thrive in the region.
As a lifelong resident of Los Gatos, Steve Rice was elected as a member of the Town Council in 2008, soon followed by a position as Mayor in 2011. Steve Rice Los Gatos has served as the Chair of the Santa Clara Valley Water Commission, Treasurer of the Peninsula Division of the California League of Cities, Vice Chair of the Solid Waste Management Joint Powers Agency, and has served on the Santa Clara County Emergency Preparedness Council. Steve Rice has also been the President of the Los Gatos Museum Association, as well as the President of the Rotary Club of Los Gatos in the past. In addition, he has served as a past Rotary Assistant District Governor.
It is clear that Steve Rice Los Gatos has very strong ties to Los Gatos, as he continues to serve his community with care and compassion, making it a town he is proud to call home. Steve Rice has been able to combine his love of giving back with his love of golf, and has volunteered at many golf tournaments throughout the years. Steve Rice was very fortunate to be a volunteer at the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, and worked on the 18th hole when Tiger Woods won his first U.S. Open by a record-setting fifteen strokes over Ernie Els and Miguel Angel Jimenez. At the time, Steve was working as a marshall on the 18th green and ended being just ten feet away from the trophy presentation that day. Steve remembers this as an life-changing event for the world of golf and is thankful that he was a part of it.
As you have probably assumed by now, when he isn’t working, Steve Rice Los Gatos enjoys playing and watching golf, a sport he has been associated with for a long time. For Steve Rice, playing golf is a great way to spend time with his family, especially his wife, Linda. They love to explore golf terrain together during their time off and they recognize that no two golf courses are alike. Steve Rice Los Gatos plays more than 100 rounds per year and has been fortunate to play at a wide range of courses in the United States as well as abroad. But, rather than dedicating to golf on a extremely competitive level, Steve Rice plays in friendly tournaments that his friends and associates are affiliated with.
Growing up, Steve Rice always played golf sporadically with his friends but did not get serious about it until the past decade. He now recognizes that sports have the beautiful ability to bring people together, whether strangers or families, and golf has been the number one sport in Steve’s life that does so. Steve continues to play golf as often as he can, and appreciates all aspects of it – from exploring different golf courses with his wife, to witnessing professional players make golf history.
When Steve isn’t playing golf or busy at work, he loves to travel. He has been all over the world and through his travels discovered his love of scuba diving! Steve Rice Los Gatos is now an avid scuba diver, always looking forward to his next under water adventure.