The Claycord Online Museum – The Master Links Mini-Golf Course On Clayton Rd. In Concord

June 20, 2022 19:00 pm · 40 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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Chester E. Kitty June 20, 2022 at 7:40 PM

Thanks for sharing these pics! Mini golf on Clayton Road was the place to be in the late 70s/early 80s for me! Me and some of the kids from my church youth group would go every so often. Was always really clean and safe back then. Never went after it started going downhill.

The Wizard June 20, 2022 at 7:47 PM

A simple inicent time gone by. Wish it was still there.

Tsa June 21, 2022 at 3:00 PM

Innocent

Badge1104 June 20, 2022 at 7:49 PM

Yes I remember the place. And yes I remember that that Hunan restaurant next door was an A&W Drive-In.

Ancient Mariner June 20, 2022 at 7:50 PM

Yes, I’ve whacked many a ball there!
One time, I was going to retrieve my ball when I realised that someone had pooped in the hole and my ball was now contaminated. I left it there!

Martinezmike June 21, 2022 at 1:56 PM

Strange. Most people poop out of the hole

jprcards June 20, 2022 at 8:05 PM

Oh I remember it well. That was one of the go to places to bring a date when you were old enough to drive but not yet old enough to go to clubs, etc.

Also fun to go mess around there with your friends. Always seemed clean and safe. Good times.

Free game if you got a hole in one on the last hole.

Gititogether June 20, 2022 at 8:37 PM

Much respect for small business owners who develop and operate these recreational businesses (Pixieland comes to mind). They really contribute alot to a community. In addition to patronizing them, tax & fee breaks, subsized advertising, etc. would encourage their continued existence.

Ed June 20, 2022 at 9:20 PM

I enjoyed spending time there with family and friends. Many fond memories. Had good times with my youth group from church as well. I remember when they put they mini trampoline fans in. That was slot if fun. Then head over to the A&W for a root bear freeze.

Dorie June 20, 2022 at 8:53 PM

I sure miss the old pee wee golf, I had so many good memories there.

Coggins Square June 20, 2022 at 9:05 PM

I remember it well!! Many good memories going there with family and friends in middle and high school!!

The Fearless Spectator June 20, 2022 at 9:23 PM

We’d been cruising main WC and my date really wanted to play miniature golf with some friends. I couldn’t believe it, that was certainly the last thing in the world I was interested in. We met some friends at the Clayton road course and played a round or two. It turned out to be the finest miniature golf evening I ever spent before or since.

nytemuvr June 21, 2022 at 8:25 AM

@The Fearless Spectator..…Wasn’t it difficult to stand up straight and walk around the course?….those damn raging hormones!

Anon June 20, 2022 at 9:54 PM

Great place to have fun then go have a Papa Burger and giant Root Beer.

T June 20, 2022 at 10:35 PM

I think about this every time I drive by the housing development that used to be this wonderful place! And we used to eat dinner at the Hunan restaurant afterwards.
Great memories & thanks for the throwback pics!!

Schmee June 20, 2022 at 11:22 PM

The owner was from Chicago he was paranoid diagnosed he thought the mafia was after him and took lithium. He hired lots of us young kids and tried to hit on us. He bought about $60,000 worth of mustangs and Calloway Camaros for the guys who worked for him the longest. He sold the property for 3.3 million to what he called “the Cadillac of senior homes” which eventually changed owners. He would fire people randomly tho not surprisingly. I remember one day working for him we had diggers diner for breakfast, lunch in Sacramento near his other closed down mini golf course and then dinner back in concord at elephant bar the. Couple hundred bucks pay check for the day. Then we had a kegger that night at the course after the owner went to sleep. Good times

The Old Goat June 21, 2022 at 12:10 AM

And that “Cadillac” place on the land previously occupied by the golf course will set you back about $6000/month to live there. Including all meals.

Dr Jellyfinger June 21, 2022 at 7:16 AM

“He hired lots of us young kids and tried to hit on us”?

“Good times”?

Really?

Truth June 21, 2022 at 9:11 AM

Doesn’t sound like you worked there. Sounds like some made up stories. I worked there for four years during high school and none of that happened. He was weird and cheap, but not crazy.

Kev June 21, 2022 at 1:34 PM

I did work there in the mid 80’s and Cal was the owner at the time. He also owned a second mini-golf place as you mentioned. There was no young kids working in Concord. I was fourteen at the time and I was fourteen at the time, but my brother who 19 managed the place. There is no way either of us would have worked for a criminal or crackpot like that. Cal was a cheapskate employer, but in the nearly two years i worked there and few years my brother worked there, no young children games going on.

Donk June 21, 2022 at 7:39 PM

Yup I worked for him too. He gave me the keys to the nail salon shack lol I was 17 and had my own apartment for like 2 weeks.. Best times. Didn’t get a car tho.

Km June 21, 2022 at 1:57 AM

and Roller World….

Question hopefully someone here can answer:

Dance club in 80s (think studio 54 but for teens lol) in bldg about roller world size and somewhere in that area….I KNOW I went…lol

Thanks guys & gals xo

jprcards June 21, 2022 at 9:46 AM

Tiffany’s?
The Quake Disco?

Both were in Walnut Creek….

Km June 22, 2022 at 1:24 AM

Yes!, Tiffanys!! Thank You, jprcards….For some reason everytime I passed by Clayton Valley Bowl, I thought of it and it….I remembered right away seeing your reply it changed to Lipps, etc,

I’m 5th generation Martinez and “that much travel” wasn’t allowed much….lol

🙋 be good to yourself

reekorizzo June 21, 2022 at 3:37 AM

We moved to Concord in 1980 and I had never seen anything like mini-golf before. My mom picked a Saturday and said we could go there that day. It rained most of the day so she said sorry no golf. About 3:00 it stopped raining and I was screaming at her “You said we could go mini golfing today!!!” until she finally took me. We get there and the place was empty. The old guy goes “You can play all 3 courses if you want”………one of the funnest days of my entire life.

JoJo The Circus Clown June 21, 2022 at 5:12 AM

shot 69 there a few times back in the day

DD June 21, 2022 at 6:28 AM

A round of golf, a little pinball, and top off the evening with a Root Beer Float at A&W.
I miss old Concord.

The Professor June 21, 2022 at 6:46 AM

We used to ride our bikes from WC in the late ’70s. No parental supervision! We’d pay for one round, skip the 18th hole (where you would lose your ball) and then sneak onto another course. Dragon, Castle, and Island courses with Dragon being our favorite.

Teen burgers and a rootbeer float after.

idiots everywhere June 21, 2022 at 6:55 AM

Really enjoyed this place as a little kid through high school. So sad that my own children didn’t get to make this part of their lives.

Steven Powers June 21, 2022 at 7:18 AM

That was a fun place…. Always enjoyed ourselves

bdml June 21, 2022 at 8:07 AM

Many fond memories! Damn I miss that place had so much fun back in the day. No family entertainment like that here any longer quite sad

Silva June 21, 2022 at 10:03 AM

How beautiful it was… I miss it often. I was just thinking about all the super fun and very affordable entertainment for families and kids on their own we used to have sort of everywhere, like this jewell..

American Citizen June 21, 2022 at 10:30 AM

And they tore this down for what??? To build that monstrosity retirement community. What a travesty.

sideline June 21, 2022 at 10:45 AM

the last memory I have of this place is a cancelled birthday party for my child. We (the whole party) showed up at our reserved time and they were closed.

no prior notice, no sign on the door, nothing.

miguel June 21, 2022 at 12:37 PM

The polar bear would get stolen and wind up on the roof of the gym as a senior prank back when I went to CHS

TPC June 21, 2022 at 7:31 PM

Fond memories of my dad taking us there when we were kids. Then next door to A&W for burgers and a frosty mug of root beer. Miss those days.

Cyn June 21, 2022 at 7:49 PM

Thanks, Lisa, Captive Wild Woman, and thanks CLAYCORD.com for posting. I have a few photos of this place as well. Good times, good memories.

J June 21, 2022 at 10:59 PM

Now sits a senior living place. Miss that place

FPN June 22, 2022 at 1:57 PM

I have old black and white pics of that place taken by my Uncle who worked for AP and is a Pulitzer winning photographer. Had many birthdays there. Concord use to be a wonderful place.

FPN June 22, 2022 at 2:02 PM

Tiffanys was a piano bar on Monument. Lucky Lyons was a place to dance it was in Park n Shop at the far end.

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