What is ghost golf?
Ghost Golf is an indoor miniature golf course and arcade located in Fresno, California. It was originally created as a Halloween-inspired display in the front yard of a private residence before opening as a 9-hole course in Concord, California, in 2010.
Later, they relocated to a larger 18-hole course in a former Hollywood Video on Clayton Road in Concord, adding a private party room and mummy shooting gallery. Ghost Golf features multiple animatronics along the course, including wise-cracking skeletons, a possessed voodoo doll, and a singing skeleton band.
History and description of ghost golf
Initially, Ghost Golf was a Halloween-themed display set up in Daryn Coleman’s front yard, who decided to open a 9-hole course in nearby Concord, California, in 2010 due to his desire to have more than just one day of recognition per year.
Four years later, the business moved to a larger 18-hole course, which included a private party room and a mummy shooting gallery, located in a former Hollywood Video on Clayton Road in Concord.
The course was decorated with animatronics such as wise-cracking skeletons, a possessed voodoo doll, and a singing skeleton band that performed “Skeletons in my Closet” by The Fat Man and Team Fat.
Despite a petition supporting Ghost Golf, the location closed in early 2018 to make way for a Dunkin’ Donuts store and other retail spaces after the landlord raised the rent.
However, the business reopened in a bigger 10,000-square-foot location in Fresno near Whitie’s Pets on October 22, 2018. It included an additional party room and retained the animatronics and graveyard designs from their previous locations.
In October 2020, it was reported that Ghost Golf had to shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic in California. They reopened after two months in June but had to close again just after four days, this time because of Governor Gavin Newsom’s pandemic response.
Daryn Coleman, the owner of Ghost Golf, stated that this has resulted in a monthly loss of $23,000 to $25,000, in addition to rent and other business expenses.
Moreover, Newsom’s restrictions stopped Coleman’s plans to open an escape room due to insufficient funds, so he filed a lawsuit against Newsom on October 26, 2020. They were permitted to reopen with limited capacity in early April 2021, over a year since their initial closure in March 2020, after Fresno County shifted to the yellow tier.