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The Overlook Adventure Park miniature golf course opened in the summer of 2014.

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DECATUR — After the miniature golf course Decatur had known for 32 years closed following the 2013 season, the Decatur Park District knew it had big shoes to fill when it opened its new course the next year.

It didn't get off to a great start — soggy, cold weather delayed the opening. But once the new 36-hole Overlook Adventure Mini Golf course opened near U.S. 36 at 2501 E. Nelson Park Road, it was clear the park district had delivered on its promise for a bigger, better version of what Paul's Puttin' Place had offered.

The zoo-themed courses offer an adventure at each hole, including a lemur building a replica of the Transfer House out of stones and sticks, spider monkeys spraying water into a bucket, squirrels clambering over a golf cart, and a zebra balancing on a camel’s back, brandishing a pair of Decatur-made Perry suspenders in its mouth.

The course is a popular hangout for all ages and offers family, date-night and teen activities, including lights-out and glow events at night.

The mini-golf course was the first piece in Overlook Adventure Park, which has since added a high ropes course and batting cages, and will be adding a playground and, in 2019, a highly anticipated water park.

The mini-golf course will be closing for the season at the end of October, but will reopen in April.

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