With cooler weather rapidly approaching, the owners of Aloha Falls miniature golf in Libertyville were looking for a way to give people something fun to do indoors.
The result was the development of an indoor table golf course in the Aloha Falls clubhouse, located at the Libertyville Recreation and Sports Complex at Route 45 and Peterson Road.
"We were just kind of playing around with the idea of something to do in the winter," said Ryan Tracy. "We thought, why don't we combine miniature golf and pool into a sport?"
He searched the Internet and found that while some people have created individual coffee table-sized miniature golf holes, there weren't any large-scale courses. What Aloha Falls will offer, starting Oct. 26, is a nine-hole, indoor table golf course. The glow-in-the-dark, underwater-themed course is set under black lights.
"It has been a team effort," said Tracy. He and his staff of five employees painted and decorated the entire course. The process started in mid-September.
Tracy said people have seen the indoor course while stopping in to play a round of regular miniature golf and have said "they've never seen anything like it."
Playing the course can be challenging, Tracy said. Golfers will still use a putter, but they'll use the handle end—sort of like a pool cue—to aim at the ball. The nine holes contain bridges, water hazards and even a moat.
Golfers can take on the course for just $6. Aloha Falls will be open from 1 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26. Other hours can be found on the Aloha Falls website.
Aloha Falls also offers a pool table and air hockey.