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April 30, 2008 > Tee Time

Tee Time

Golf Club celebrates its 40th

By Biff Jones and Jim Ivaldi

Nearly forty years have passed since Frank Ivaldi's vision of creating two 18-hole championship golf courses became a reality in April of 1968. Now, almost four decades later, Ivaldi would be happy to know that his courses, the Sunol Valley Golf Club, are still here and providing outstanding recreation for the community.

Growing up during the depression, Ivaldi learned to live humbly at an early age. Forced to drop out of high school in order to survive, Ivaldi worked as a janitor and sold pots and pans door-to-door before he became a police officer in Oakland. Not long after, he started a construction business with just two shovels and a dump truck, eventually building the fairways and greens in a valley "too far away for anyone to want to play golf."

Ivaldi's tireless devotion and perseverance earned him a solid reputation in the business community as someone who could be counted on by those in need. He never turned anyone away who needed help. Although his life was not always problem free, Ivaldi managed to work things out by doing things "his own way."

A kind heart and respect for others were attributes that brought joy to all who had an opportunity to know him. Always pulling for the working man and the less fortunate, his efforts in his community were outdone only by his loyalty to family and friends, and most of all, his loving wife Cori who died in 2003. Ivaldi passed away in 2005. Sunol Valley Golf Club stands as a testament to Ivaldi's vision and commitment to his community. Having secured a lease in 2004 from the City of San Francisco, the Club will remain under the care of the Ivaldi family for another 21 years.

Many improvements to the course, clubhouse and programs are in the works.
A multi-million dollar irrigation system is being installed, and a new fleet of power golf carts will be available in the next few years. The Sunol Valley Golf Club boasts a banquet room with a capacity of 1,000 people that hosts anywhere from one to six parties per weekend.

Green fees - Palm, the inner course and Cypress, the outer course - range from $34 during the week to $57 on weekends. An anniversary special is just $68 for two, including green fees, a power cart and lunch vouchers. Phone the golf shop to book your tee time for the Anniversary Special.

For more information, please go online to,

Many thanks for input from the Club's Director of Food and Beverage, Perry Lee and Catering Sales Manager, Randie Hill.

Sunol Valley Golf Club
6900 Mission Rd., Sunol
General: (925) 862-2404
Golf Shop: (925).862-0414

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