The Claycord Online Museum – Master Links Mini-Golf Course on Clayton Road

January 15, 2013 14:00 pm · 76 comments

These are photos of the old Master Links golf course on Clayton Road, next to the Hunan Chinese restaurant.

Who else remembers this place?

Thanks so much to “Lisa” with “Captive Wild Woman” for the photos!

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1 Anon777 January 15, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Loved it! Got my first (and only) black eye there getting whacked by my friend’s club when we were 10. Took my kids there for years too. Good memories!

2 Dee January 15, 2013 at 2:21 PM

I do. Always had fun there and Hunan was A and W . Too bad there isn’t stuff like this around anymore for kids to do instead of getting into trouble and causing problems. Those were some great summer days back then :)

3 Cowellian January 15, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Are there any underground pictures available?

4 Dragon January 15, 2013 at 2:34 PM

I remember it, but I never got to play there. I love miniature golf, though, so I wish it was still open :(

5 DD January 15, 2013 at 2:37 PM

18 Holes, a game or 2 of Pinball in the arcade then off to A&W for a cold one to round it off.

Ahhhhhh, now THOSE were the days.

6 Anon January 15, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Most fun ever…and the bomb shelter underneath the office, even better…use to play a round and then hit A&W for floats….and now look at Clayton Road… what a $hithole won’t belong beore it looks like the Monument corridor…man I miss the old days

7 momo January 15, 2013 at 2:49 PM

I remember falling in 1 of the ponds when I was trying to get my ball out when I was a little kid. we had great times there.

8 Shulla January 15, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Date night. Good times. Visiting relatives loved to go play together with family. In later years, took our kids there. Why can’t city leaders realize there is nothing for kids to do anymore except go to the movies (too expensive). They closed this golf course, closed the skating rink, closed the Sunvalley Mall Ice rink. Bring these activities back with come current technology mixed in and kids will come……

9 IUsedToLiveInConcord January 15, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Who remembers it??..hopefully everybody does!!……..I moved to Concord in 1980 and had never seen anything like it before. My mom promised to bring me there on a Saturday, but it rained all day. The second it stopped raining I begged her to take me and we had the place all to ourselves!……fun times……..is there any part of it left under that big building?

10 WC44 January 15, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Very good memories. One less things for kids to do. It is a shame.

11 Beaver January 15, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Loved that place. Had more visits there than I can count. Getting whacked in the temple with a golf ball while in 3rd grade. Going on dates there in high school. In my junior high days, we hated the grumpy old man who worked in the arcade. We would muddy our shoes outside and then track our mud all through the arcade. Not very nice but it gave us some good laughs at the time. I recall hitting golf ball hard off the ramps. They would go over Clayton Road and into what at the time was Hals Billiards. Hals. Now that was a great place. The pool hall that all mom’s told their kids to stay away from. Does anybody have any pictures of Hal’s Billiards?

12 Bishop Estates January 15, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Miss this place!!! Concord really needs something like this again…

13 SmPConcord January 15, 2013 at 4:19 PM

I used to go golfing at that place all the time! It was the best but I could tell towards the end it was getting worn down. I wish there was a way to refurbish it and open it again though! Totally awesome!!

14 Fuzzy Memories January 15, 2013 at 4:33 PM

OK, Claycordians, raise your hand if you ever played “take a swig” miniature golf at that place as an adult. The game always got better regardless of any scores.

*Raises hand*

15 Anon 44 January 15, 2013 at 4:42 PM

I remember it well. I’ve seen two commenters mention the underground area- what’s that all about?

16 mark January 15, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Spent a lot of time there growing up. A&W then minuature golf. Great times.

17 Horse'n Around January 15, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Why can’t we have more things like this again? I loved going there, and Roller World. We would cruise up and down Clayton Rd. and stop and eat at Mc Donalds. Such simpler times.

18 Pleasant Jenny January 15, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Okay now I feel old. I’ve only lived in the “Claycord” area for 14 years and the golf course is already in the museum? Time flies…But the memories of my youngest son’s birthday parties and family outings there are priceless. For the past year or so the big deal with girls, at least (and so I have heard as I was never so blessed) is to get a hotel room for the youngster’s slumber parties. Again, I’ve only been blessed with Step-Daughters so nothing was ever my decision but, really? Now I feel extra super old. I miss “the good old days”.

19 Scott January 15, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Aww, I went there a few times when I was younger and it wasn’t in the best of shape but I sure do remember good times. Everytime I pass the place where it used to be I get a thought of this golf course and miss it.

20 ClayDen January 15, 2013 at 5:35 PM

That was fun when our kids were growing up. I miss the A&W even more; loved the root beer floats.

21 Rob January 15, 2013 at 5:43 PM

That was a fun place, I remember being there as a kid in the hot summer have a great time with friends.

22 DD January 15, 2013 at 5:59 PM

What year did that finally close?

23 dilligafman January 15, 2013 at 6:03 PM

took alotta girls there in h.s. scored a lot on and off the links!!!

24 chatterbox January 15, 2013 at 6:05 PM

I was broken hearted when I saw them take this place down! It had such character and was fantastic place to spend a whole afternoon. I have fond memories riding my bike with friends there to play a few rounds of golf and debating over McD’s or A&W afterwards. Those were the days with fun times! Who remembers ‘remember hole 19′ …I remember getting a few free rounds by making it, which is a big deal when your a kid!

25 Slim Jim January 15, 2013 at 6:08 PM

We used to skip sinking the 18th hole and blast the ball across Clayton Rd. What a rush!

26 Concord1963 January 15, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Yes! Lots of fun and laughs – as a kid, on dates, and with my kids.

27 ANNON January 15, 2013 at 6:24 PM

It was so much fun and the kids loved to go there. Why can’t they have more of these fun activities around for parents and children to interact!!!!

28 Screwy Louie January 15, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Nailed the19th Hole several times, siren goes off, free game!
So cool.

29 lg January 15, 2013 at 6:54 PM

It was the best. It should still be there. The good old days and great memories!

30 OhYeah! January 15, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Went there on my very first date…years and years and years ago! Then took my kids there when they were young (no, didn’t marry the “first date”). We had such great times there! Would be wonderful if they could bring things like this back, but the kids today wouldn’t appreciate good, clean fun I’m afraid :( They want blow-em-up, bust-em-up stuff.

31 Chevrolet girl January 15, 2013 at 7:36 PM

My boyfriend would take me there on a dates! He had no patience for mini golf, but I married him anyways, 25 years now! Good times. We definitely need to bring things like this back!

32 Chester E. Kitty January 15, 2013 at 7:38 PM

WHAT??? No pictures of the dragon hole?????? ;-)

33 Lindoda January 15, 2013 at 7:42 PM

My husband and I both went Awwwww! Many a night there together and with others. We raise our hands!!!

34 Em Dubya January 15, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Oh yeah. Loved that place from kindergarten until college. I miss A&W and the golf links. The best were summer evenings at the A&W car service and a round of golf. In the old days that was the edge of town until you got to the Clayton area. The ice rink, skateboard park next to Roller World, and the golf links were considered some of the best of their type in the Bay Area when they were open and in their prime. I think I nearly cracked my skull at each place too.

35 Scoob January 15, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Many great memories from there. The A&W was a perfect neighbor and a good combination for fun on Friday night. I’m very glad I grew up on the tail end of the American Graffiti generation. We didn’t know how good we had it.

36 mwo1859 January 15, 2013 at 8:30 PM

I loved that place. Mini golf and A&W.

Hand Raised

37 jmz January 15, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Miss that place. I went there alot during my childhood. Wish it was open so I could take my kids. :( I know they would have loved it.

38 Beenherelongtime1979 January 15, 2013 at 9:11 PM

We’ve been here a few times and it seems to be very popular and not to pricey. Unfortunately, cost does play a major role in our youths ability to participate in activities that might keep them off the streets. I think it’s time to get my butt to a City Council Meeting and put my 2¢ in on the state of our great city :)

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39 Mad Mom January 15, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Great memories. I went there often with my dad. Then, I was able to bring my children there. They got to use it for a little while anyway. I was so sad to see it go. And the A&W was the best! Ahhh, good time indeed :)

40 Cathy January 15, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Wow! Those pics bring back some fond memories. I’m originally from SoCal. After moving to Pittsburg, my BFF visited from SoCal and we played golf there. I think it was around 1990?? Not positive. But I remember we had fun!

41 Mely January 15, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Good memories. Had a birthday party there and it was so hot my mom brought a spray bottle to keep us from overheating. Favorite picture I have is a bunch of us girls with the golf ball in our mouths. Good times.

42 Jorge January 15, 2013 at 10:11 PM

I have great memories of that place with my friends!!

43 Mimi (original) January 15, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Really? This mini golf place has been featured at LEAST twice on here! Yes! We remember it! Yes! It got run down! Yes! Our kids also enjoyed it! Yes! Concord could use a NEW mini golf place, ice and roller skating rinks, but who would provide security and disarm the stoopid patrons who think they’re macho macho men? Turn back the clock! PLEASE!! Today’s youth need HELP!

44 Bent dogg January 15, 2013 at 11:01 PM

OMG so many memories there.. Every young boy from cv worked there some were given cars others got their own shacks like me… Anyone remember that shack that said nails on it on the property next to chevron…. Well he gave it to me and my friend when we were 17 and man did we live it up in there…. Oh the parking lot parties and epic street fighter matches were crazy too… A lot of other memories there but I won’t be talking about those hahaha!!! PS I MISS IT AND DESPISE THE NEW EYE SORE!!!!

45 Mac January 16, 2013 at 6:53 AM

You want to get really old school.
Remember the mini golf course in Pleasant Hill.

But like everyone else mentioned.
I had some great times playing at this place.
Started out with one course.
And they kept adding courses on, as the years went by.

I guess the up keep, and the cost to keep it running.
Is just too much, for the amount of money made.

I totally agree, it is sad the kids of today`s Concord/Pleasant Hill don`t have things like this to do.

46 JustMe January 16, 2013 at 7:00 AM

I used to love going there as a little kid and playing mini golf. The place was huge, with what– two different courses, plus the snack bar and arcade.

I remember on some outtings, the place was packed with families

The A&W, when it was next door, was also a lot of fun, and I think a lot of people spilled over to it.

Before it closed, I remember having a date there. It had seen better days, and I think some of the automation no longer worked.

47 Sinn Feiner January 16, 2013 at 7:17 AM

I must be old because I remember that place!

48 GoodOlDays January 16, 2013 at 7:31 AM

I loved that place. I went there with groups of friends and later on dates. Those were the good ol’ days. I remember the A&W too. Simpler times and better times.

49 Beaver January 16, 2013 at 7:55 AM

@JustMe – Actually, it had 3 different courses. The Dragon Course, the Castle course and the Treasure Island course! I recall the Dragon and Castle courses started in the same area, around the side of the bathrooms. The Treasure Island started right by the gates when you walked in. I am thinking it closed down around 2000. The last time I ever went there was in 1999 for a round of golf. I wish there were more pictures of that place. But the ones above are great and really bring back memories.

50 SeeK January 16, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Oh yeah. I remember it well. We took our kids there often and then my son got his first job there in the early/mid 80’s. It was perfect because it was walking distance. We need something like that again.

51 Anon January 16, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Would be great to have a nother one…unfortunately…never going to happen…the riff raff in Concord would “tag” it all up and then the family’s would leave and there’d be another eye sore….look at the skate park under the BART tracks…says no bikes…bike’s everywhere…not one rule was being followed AND it listed all the CMC (Concord Muni Codes) right next to each. Any cop give out any citations?…Any cop even know where it is?…the kids are let’s say “rough” at that park…I tried to take my girls and they were almost knocked over, we haven’t been back…BUT That’s why we can’t have places like Rollerworld, miniature golf, Nice play structures like Mateo’s dream, any fun things for the kids because the city ALWAYS puts them where you’d never go and they always get run down or ignored…That’s why the play structure in Claytion is so popular…it’s been there for 5 years and it’s still nice….Concord just doesn’t get it…EDI was a good start but even he seems to be falling down on the job as I haven’t heard a thing from him since the election…typical…get elected and forget the ones who put you there…I really do miss the old days

52 Shulla January 16, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Did ya know the Original A & W rootbeer stand is in Lodi, CA and is still open. Take a nice drive and enjoy a rootbeer float and lots of nostalgia.

53 skippy January 16, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Loved it and the A&W on hot summer nights. I had forgotten about Hal’s Billiards but never went there. We used to play pool at the bowling alley when the arcade was full of tables and pinball machines. Thank goodness that’s still around. Take your kids there if you want some old fashioned family fun.

54 Stu January 16, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Used to take my high school sweetheart here and the ice skating rink at the Mall, for dates.

55 Brian January 16, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Another of the many fun things we used to have in Concord torn up for a bunch of old farts,LOL Yeah everyone went there as a kid, I won a free game there too on the 19th hole. Anything fun left for the kids these days?

Miniature Golf – GONE
Ice Skating Rink – GONE
SV Movie Theatre – GONE
Roller World – GONE
Go Karts (Monument and Concord Ave) – GONE
Crusing the Main in WC – GONE

No wonder kids are bored or get into trouble tagging boring buildings!

56 Beaver January 16, 2013 at 10:19 AM

@ skippy. Yes, I am thinking the Bowling Ally is the only thing left for back in the day where you can walk in and it feels like the old days. Hals was fun. I never went there at night. But I did often during the daytime on weekends to play video games. As a kid, I recall it being so massive inside. In reality, it probably wasnt that big at all. It was all dark and smoky too. No windows accept for the doors in the front and back.

57 warbirds45 January 16, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Pismo Beach still has an A & W. Papa burger, and the best Root Beer ever!
Started in 1919 by Roy Allen and Frank Wright, good job guys!
It is hard to believe the Hunan restaurant stays open, never see anyone in the place.

58 Mac January 16, 2013 at 10:24 AM

I don`t buy it that places like this could not work today.
Pixieland (use to be Pixie Playland) has been there for a long time.
And it still is looking and doing fine.

So i think it could happen, if it was in the right place, with the right people running it.

But that is just my opinion

59 Mr. John January 16, 2013 at 10:29 AM

I wonder if those talking about the ‘underground’ are talking about the sunken down area in the middle?

For those of you commenting that ‘we can’t have nice things because society has crumbled’ – Society has crumbled because we’re not doing enough to prevent it. If you want a better Concord, you have to do more to make it better. You can pay more taxes, you can volunteer, or you can find some other way to help, but it isn’t going to be a better place unless we start doing more to make it a better place.

60 Brian January 16, 2013 at 10:30 AM

@Beaver

Yeah Hal’s for daytime video games and we even rode our bikes down to The Great Entertainer! on Monument. They had an old monochrome screen video game Star (Wars) not Star Wars but before the movie where you played against each other and picked different options like bounce back screen and other.

61 Mac January 16, 2013 at 10:30 AM

@ Brian….i loved the go kart place on Monument.
The guy there let us put a sprinkler on in one of the corners.
So we could kick it sideways going thru the corner. (it was a dirt track)

But the people on Concord Ave were more tight, and would yell at you.
If you tried to have too much fun

Thanks for bringing them up.
I really enjoyed both of those places. (monument more of course)

62 Kate January 16, 2013 at 10:47 AM

I wasn’t a child or young adult here so I never saw this place. But I have a child whose almost 7 now, and would very much like to find a mini golf place. They all seem to be so far away~!

63 Tommy O' January 16, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Lived near there in the ’90’s.

When people asked where I lived, I told them Master Links Country Club.

Lots of family memories. I remember well the day I finally broke par…

64 Lori January 16, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Normally I try to live with my glass half full but with the way crime has gone up so much in this area I have a feeling it would turn into a hang out for the local thugs. Pixieland works because it is geared towards toddlers the older kids have no use for a place like that. (Unless they want one of the best corn dogs in town)

65 Lori January 16, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Pleasant Jenny @18 Renting a motel room for a kids sleep over bday party???? Not on my watch !!! I must really be out of the loop !!!

66 Former Claycordian January 16, 2013 at 11:50 AM

I remember it when it was a walnut orchard! And then the A & W was built and we would ride our horses through the orchard that stretched from Alberta Way to the A & W for a root beer!

67 The Grant January 16, 2013 at 12:56 PM

@Shulla,

grew up in Lodi myself and enjoyed going to the A&W there during hot august nights and other car events

68 mohairs January 16, 2013 at 1:21 PM

hey Shulla! Thanks for the info. We had no idea that the original A&W started in Lodi and is still there! That’s awesome! We plan to go there soon. their site: http://www.awrootbeer.com/ and they have 4 stars out of 5 on the Yelp site.

69 Sandy Eggo January 16, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Loved this place as a kid.

I believe there is an indoor mini golf place near downtown concord – for those of you who wish there was something for your kids to do. Yes it’s indoors. Yes it is not the same as this one. But it’s still miniature golf.

Just checked. Yep. Here is the info.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/ghost-golf-concord

70 Jason L. January 16, 2013 at 2:28 PM

I remember my dad would take me and my sister here to play mini-golf in the 90s. Wow, time flies. The only “fun places” left in Concord from my youth are Pixie Playland, Q-Zar, Clayton and Diablo Lanes. There’s not even an arcade at the mall anywhere. No wonder the kids are getting in trouble more and more.

Does anyone remember Virtual World in Walnut Creek? They setup this enclosed cockpits and you could play MechWarrior in them?

71 Emily January 16, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Omg I literally wanted to cry looking at those pictures! They represent my childhood I went there since I was a little girl until it closes down! Wish it was still there!

72 DD January 16, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Jason L. @ 70

Forgot about Virtual World, pretty cool game with a bar on site!

73 Miss Lisa January 16, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Hey everyone and Mr. Mayor–I love all the comments. Clearly, this golf course is missed. The original post with some memories alongside the photos on my blog is here: http://captivewildwoman.blogspot.com/2010/08/master-links-miniature-golf-concord.html

I’m sorry i didn’t shoot the Dragon Course now, but at the time I was scouting areas for a music video I shot with Barbara Manning and her band The SF Seals. The video is finally on YouTube and if you’d like to see it, it’s here: http://youtu.be/e739jW3nGv4
There are several shots of my friends playing golf at Master Links. It makes me so nostalgic to see it again with the fountains going and all the colors. Many good memories of miniature golf over the years. Au Revoir, Master Links.

74 nytemuvr January 17, 2013 at 12:14 PM

The best pinball arcade in the 70s….

75 RanchgirlCA January 17, 2013 at 2:56 PM

I loved going there as a kid with my Dad. Then as a teen I’d go with friends and then to A&W afterwards. In my later teens I’d go with friends, beers hidden in huge purses. We’d drink and play. Lots of fun.

76 DoReMi January 17, 2013 at 3:49 PM

That was my best friends’ date of choice. She eventually married a guy that golfed. I never understood her taste in men.

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