Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt is April 5

The third annual LPN Easter egg hunt will be Sunday, April 5, adjacent to the conference center, beginning at 10 a.m. sharp. Bring the kids and grandkids and enjoy the fun! This is open to all children, not just those attending the brunch. The annual Easter brunch will be served 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with seatings scheduled every half hour. The cost is $15.95 for adults, $8.95 for children 5-12 and free for children 4 and under. Since the kitchen staff will be busy preparing for the brunch, the regular breakfast menu won't be available that morning. For reservations, call 641-755-2080.

UPDATE: Golf Courses OPEN Tuesday

The Lake Panorama National and Panorama West golf courses will open for play this Tuesday, March 10. Carts must stay on the paths at Lake Panorama National during play, and while traveling to and from the pro shop. The 18-hole green fees for March are $38 plus tax, which includes a cart seat.

Panorama West will be open for walking only. Green fees are $16 and may be paid at the kiosk. Until carts can be allowed on the course, anyone with a paid 2015 Panorama West membership may play at the LPN without paying green fees. Cart seats are $16 for 18 holes or $8 for 9 holes, or personal carts may be trailered to the LPN.

Call the LPN pro shop at 641-755-2024 for tee times or more details.

Brokers International Iowa Open August 13-16

Planning is underway for the 2015 Brokers International Iowa Open to be held at Lake Panorama National Golf Resort Aug. 13-16. The Pro-Am will be Thursday, Aug. 13, and the three-day Iowa Open will begin Friday, Aug. 14.

This is the sixth year Brokers International has been the lead sponsor for this tournament at the LPN. During this time, the tournament has hosted the top professionals and amateurs from Iowa, plus expanded to include top golfers from outside of Iowa. Again this year, there will be a $25,000 purse for the top professional.

The Pro-Am will be open to the first 36 four-person teams. Each team will be paired with a PGA professional at a draw party Aug. 12.

After serving five years as the tournament director, LeRoy Oxley is giving up that position. LeRoy has overseen what is considered the best tournament in Iowa next to the Principal Senior PGA event. The Iowa Open has grown and prospered under his leadership, and we thank him for his service and dedication.

Gary Soreide has been named to succeed LeRoy as the Brokers International Iowa Open tournament director. Gary has been a member of the LPN since 1975, was a prior two-time club champion and the co-founder of LPN’s version of the Ryder Cup.

2015 tournament forms and information will be posted on the website www.iowaopen.com as soon as those become available. Gary can be reached at gsoreide@netins.net or cell (515) 240-4272. We are seeking volunteers and sponsorships, so feel free to contact Gary with questions.

Friday Night Fish and Shrimp Buffet

A Friday night fish and shrimp Lenten special is now being offered weekly at The Links until Easter. Besides the fish and shrimp, the Friday night buffet will include dinner rolls, a salad bar, red potatoes and a dessert. The cost is $12.95, plus tax and gratuity. Take a break from the kitchen and come to The Links this Friday night for some good food at a great value.

A Great Gift: Save $ on the Iowa PGA Golf Card

Looking for a great Christmas Gift?  Order online, use Gary's promo code and Save some cash!

The PGA Golf Card for 2015 is now available for purchase. 

Use your Head Pro (Gary Babcock) promo code and SAVE by ordering the Card using the promo code "garybabcock".

Pre-Order your 2015 Iowa PGA Golf Card today and enjoy a $10 discount! Use the promo code "garybabcock" at checkout. Be sure to share with your golfing friends so they can take advantage of this great discount!

Order online at http://www.iowapga.com/golf-card

Golf Course Conditions

Course Conditions:

The Golf Course will remain open for play as long as weather and course turf conditions permit.

In our annual effort to protect our turfgrass during the winter months and ensure course conditions are optimal for next spring, the following maintenance will begin:

Monday, November 24th:
Spraying of Preventive Snow Mold Application of all the greens. 

Thursday, November 20th
CART PATH ONLY.  All golf carts must remain on the cart paths during your round.  This also includes remaining on the paths to and from the golf course.  The irrigation system has been shut down for the winter.  Therefore, it is very important that golf cart traffic remain off the turf.  Remember:  Golf cart tracks made in November will still be visible in the spring.

The weather may provide a couple more days of golf and we ask that everyone help protect our turf during the upcoming winter months.

For any questions, please call the Pro Shop.  Winter Pro Shop Hours:

Tuesday thru Friday:  10am to 3pm
Saturday:  10am to 2pm
Sunday – Monday:  Closed

LPN Eagles Club Outing - Sept 17th

2014 LPN Eagles Club Outing

Outing will be on Wednesday, September 17th, 12:00pm Shotgun Start.  You must be a Member of the Eagles Club to play in this event.  Check in at Spikes beginning at 11:30am.

If you require a “new” Eagles Club Cap, the Pro Shop has new ones available at discount pricing.

Below list the ways to become an LPN Eagle Club Member:

1.  Make an Eagle (Gross or Net) in a LPN Sanctioned event, (i.e., Ryder Cup, Men's League, et al.)
2.  Make an Eagle (Gross or Net) in the presence of another Eagle Club Member.
3.  Have paid your dues one time and in good standing with the Eagle Club Membership.

Entry Fee to Eagles Club is a one-time fee of $20.
What do you get for $20?

1.  A fine Customized Cap from Pukka Golf bearing the LPN Eagle Club Logo. 

2.  Automatic Entry into the Eagles Club Outing the first year.  After first year, a $5 entry fee is required to play in the Outing.

The format for the Eagles Club Outing is Modified Stableford.

New for 2014:  Players can choose their Tee Box (White or Red) and Handicap will be based off the tee each player chooses.

Stableford is an uncommonly used scoring system in golf.  It involves scoring points based on results at each hole. Unlike traditionally scored golf, where the object is to have the lowest score, in Stableford rules, the objective is to have a high score.

The system was developed by Dr. Frank Barney Gordon Stableford (1870–1959).  It was first used informally at Penarth, Wales, in 1898, and first used in competition at Wallasey, England, in 1932. 

The Eagles Club will use the Modified Stableford System.  This was the same system used on the PGA TOUR during the International at Castle Pines.

Net Score/Points:

+8 points for Double Eagle

+5 points for Eagle

+2 points for Birdie

0 points for Par

-1 points for Bogey

-3 points for Double Bogey and worse.

Expect to see a lot of fireworks Wednesday since the reward of a birdie or eagle far outweighs the risk of a bogey.

Each player receives 100% of handicap.

Sign-up by calling Pro Shop.


2006 - Brandon Waddle (15 Points)

2007 - Mark Chew (18 Points)

2008 – Brandon Waddle (15 Points)

2009 – Mark Chew (22 Points)

2010 – Bruce Ahrendsen (16 Points)

2011 – Tom Jeschke (17 Points)

2012 – Jeff Godwin (16 Points)

2013 – Bill Weddingfeld (12 Points)

9th Annual Pirate Open - Sept 21

Ahoy, me hearties!  - Sunday, Sept. 21 is the big PIRATE OPEN!!!!

Sign up to set sail at the 9th Annual Pirate Open at Lake Panorama!  -- Enter if ye Darr!

International Talk Like a Pirate Day is coming up and the LPN PIRATE OPEN is set
to sail on Sunday, Sept. 21st.  !  Cannonball start at 11:00am.

Prizes for best Golf Cart Pirate Ship, best Pirate male, best pirate
female, most challenged crew, and Flight Winners!

We can take up to 36 Crews (Teams); so enter before she fills up!    Arrrr!

Format:  4-Person Best Shot, 2, 4, and 8 inch cups.   Arrrrrrr!

Entry Fees Paid in Full Before Sept. 11th:

4 Members:  $100 per team

3 Members, 1 Non:  $130 per team

2 Members, 2 Non:  $ 160 per team

1 Member, 3 Non:  $190 per team

4 Non Members:  $220 per team

Entry Fees After Sept. 11th:

4 Members:  $120 per team

3 Members, 1 Non:  $150 per team

2 Members, 2 Non:  $ 180 per team

1 Member, 3 Non:  $210 per team

4 Non Members:  $240 per team

Past Champions:

2006:  Cap’n Dale Hochreiter, Mike Lowe, Mike Monthei, Mark Chew

2007:  Cap’n Mike Peters, Greg Mahon, Pam Coffey, Paul Netzell

2008:  Capn’ Bill Douglass, Royce Shaffer, Kane Powell, Tyler Brooks

2009:  Cap’n Joe Dooley, Brad Huseman, Cary Cochran, Pat The Irish Pirate McFadden

2010:  Cap’n Curt Dentlinger, Chris Mart, Ethan Mechling, Matt Muhlbauer

2011:  Cap’n Joe Dooley, Brad Huseman, Cary Cochran, Pat the Irish Pirae McFadden

2012:  Cap’n Doug Clement, Ben Clement, Tim Johnston, Ryan Johnston

2013:  Cap’n Allen Jones, Joe Kinning, Jamey Stambler

Fair winds and Following Seas,

Ladies Solheim Cup photographs

The team led by Captain Jody Babcock defeated Captain Carole Peterson's team Sunday in the 15th annual LPN Solheim. Twenty-four two-gal teams participated in this year's event. The competition included six holes of better ball and six holes of alternate shot, with the final six holes being best shot. "Battle By Boulder Beach" was the theme chosen by the team captains, a nod to past military service by them and their husbands. At the end of the awards banquet, the 2015 Solheim captains were announced. They are Gayle Shackelford and Tracy Welberg.

Sadie Hawkins Couples is this Friday

The Next Friday Couples is scheduled for Friday, August 22nd at 5:30pm. The Format is
SADIE HAWKINS (This means the women must invite a man other than their
husband to be their partner). Format is a two-person best shot. You will
sign up as a twosome and may request to play with another team.

Entry Fee is: $10 per two-person team for Members. $50 for Non-Members.

Brief of History of Sadie Hawkins:

Traditionally, Sadie Hawkins is an occasion when women take the initiative
in inviting the men of their choice to a date.

According to an article in Antiques and Collecting magazine, this tradition
began with the "Li'l Abner" comic strip, one of the most famous and popular
American comic strips.

"Li'l Abner," created by Al Capp, depicted a countrified America as it once
was, through the adventures of its characters in Dogpatch, U.S.A, stated an
article in National Review magazine.

Sadie Hawkins is one of Capp's most memorable characters, who made her
first appearance in November 1937. Until the mid-50s, November was known as
Sadie Hawkins month and became an unofficial collegiate holiday and a comic
strip character classic.

Hawkins was the ugly daughter of the most wealthy and powerful man in town
and was avoided by all the town's men. Despite her family's prestige, she
seemed destined to suffer the utmost humiliation with which a woman could
be cursed - becoming an old maid.

Hawkins' father intervened and used his power to snare her a man. He lined
up all eligible males and shot off his gun. When the gun was fired, they
knew to run for their lives and their freedom.

The gunshot signaled the unwed females to enter the race and try to catch a
man. When an unfortunate male was brought back, most often kicking and
screaming, he had no choice but to marry the woman.

Hawkins seemed to be as quick on her feet as she was ugly and finally
chased her man down. The other girls, who did not manage to catch their
man, liked the idea and made Sadie Hawkins Day an annual affair to be
cherished by women and dreaded by bachelors.

Capp also came up with the idea for a Sadie Hawkins dance, which captured
the imaginations of American college kids. The craze spread throughout the
'40s and '50s, and continues today.