The miniature golf course at the could be reopened this summer. Developer Ryan Tracy is planning to turn the course into a Hawaiian-themed family destination.
Tracy has been working with the village to reopen the course and has a letter of intent, but a formal lease has not yet been signed.
Tracy, a mini-golf enthusiast, said he was driving by the Libertyville Sports Complex last year, when he noticed the shut-down miniature golf park.
“It looked like a lot of fun. I’ve played at a lot of courses and it looked challenging,” he said.
If all goes as planned, Tracy would open the course on June 1. Aloha Falls would include landscaping such as palm trees, a beach area, lots of sand and lava rocks, he said.
Tracy said miniature golf is a fun activity for all ages, and he believes a Hawaiian-themed course would attract a wider audience.
“People are starting to figure out that miniature golf is fun for the whole family. A 10-year-old has as much chance of winning as his parent or 70-year-old grandparent,” Tracy said. “Teenagers are one of the biggest growing markets for miniature golf.”
The miniature golf course was closed in 2007 and put on the market for development, which was stalled due to the slow economy. According to the Daily Herald, the proposed lease would be $3500 per month for the first year.