Winter Course Conditions and Pro Shop Hours

Winter 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 turf grass during the winter months and ensure course conditions are optimal for next spring, the following maintenance will begin tomorrow.

 Wednesday, November 18 and Thursday, November 19:  Heavy Top Dressing of all the greens.  The Top Dress will remain on the greens over the winter for turf protection.

 Friday, November 20:  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.

 We hope the weather provides more days of golf and we ask that everyone help protect our turf during the upcoming winter months. 

Winter Pro Shop Hours: 

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

Thanking you in advance.


Gary J. Babcock

PGA Head Professional

10th Annual LPN Eagle Club - Sept 16

2015 LPN Eagles Club Outing

Outing will be on Wednesday, September 16th, 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.

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)

2014 – Bill Weddingfeld (33 Points)

Ladies Solheim Cup - Peace, Love, Golf

The Ladies Solheim Cup, held this past Friday and Saturday was themed, Peace, Love, Golf and having Fun in that phrase should have been added. Captains Gayle Shackelford and Tracy Welberg had their teams ready to go and all had a great time!

The event kicked off Friday night with the first Solheim Shoot Out. Seven teams of ladies played alternate shot while the gallery cheered them on. In the end, team red was 3rd, green 2nd and yellow 1st.

On Saturday, eleven matches started with a total of 33 points up for grabs. Better ball, alternate shot and best shot were the formats for the day. As the gallery formed around the 18th green and the points tallied up, it came down to the last match to decide who was going to be the winner.

Captain Shackelford's team won with 17 points to be crowned Solheim Cup Captains. What a finish!

Following dinner and awards, 2016 Captains were announced with Karen Hanson and Diane Duzenbury being selected. Good luck ladies.

Thank You to all the Sponsors and everyone that made the Solheim Cup a great two day event.

Rally for a Cure Photographs

Forty-five gals turned out in July for the LPN women's league annual Rally for a Cure fundraiser. Special activities were featured on each of the nine holes played in a best-ball event. Following golf, donated items were sold through a silent auction that raised $1,342. Garden stakes in the shape of pink ribbons were sold for $5 each, and now are on display in LPN flowerbeds. Ribbon sales, plus money raised during the golf round, totaled $218. The $1,560 raised from the golf, silent auction and pink ribbon sales is being donated to Guthrie County Relay for Life. In addition, Rally participants paid $20 with the money going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. This is the 20th year for Rally events, which educate women about early detection. More than 2.5 million people have participated in 45,000 Rally events, raising more than $77 million to help in the fight against breast cancer.


Come try this week’s features in The Links. These are served Thursday, Friday and Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. Enjoy!



Come try this week’s features in The Links. These are served Thursday, Friday and Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. Enjoy!



Served with sweet and sour barbecue sauce



Wedge Salad

Wedge of iceberg lettuce, house made blue cheese dressing, gorgonzola cheese, thick cut bacon, tomato and red onion



Shaved prime rib, Swiss cheese, grilled peppers, red onion and horseradish sauce



Peppercorn encrusted beef tenderloin, with brandy cream sauce and potato gratin



Strawberry Shortcake

Homemade short cake, citrus infused strawberries, vanilla bean gelato and whipped cream



Come try this week’s features in The Links. These are served Thursday, Friday and Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. Enjoy!


DINNER FEATURES IN THE LINKS - 7/9/15 to 7/11/15

Peter Makens, the new executive chef in The Links kitchen, has planned a set of six dinner specials for this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Service begins at 5 p.m. Make plans to dine out this weekend and welcome Chef Pete.


Looking for ways to entertain yourselves and your guests for the three-day Fourth of July holiday weekend? Lake Panorama National has lots to offer!

Chef Peter Makens has six dinner specials planned for both Friday and Saturday. Try the coconut shrimp appetizer. Or the strawberry spinach salad. Or the Béarnaise Burger — a half-pound patty, blue cheese and red onion topped with homemade Béarnaise sauce. Shrimp Scampi and pan-seared salmon are two entrées. Save room for dessert, a homemade brownie topped with vanilla bean gelato, chocolate sauce, roasted peanuts, and toasted marshmallow. Yum!

A farewell reception for Mike, Gina and Michael Harris will be Friday 4-6 p.m. Come and go throughout those two hours to enjoy refreshments and wish the trio well.

The annual Fourth of July couples golf tournament is Saturday, with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. This is an 18-hole, four-person best-shot tournament, with a potluck at Spikes following golf. Call the pro shop at 641-755-2024 for details.

The annual Fourth of July long drive contest will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday on the #1 tee. Entries will be taken on the teebox that day, with a cost of $5 for three drives. There will be a women’s division, a youth division for ages 18 and under, and age categories for men of 19-30, 31-45, 46-64, and 65 plus.

And of course, the pool and spa will be open daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Snacks, cold drinks and ice cream treats are available at the check-in window near the pool. Food and drinks also can be ordered from The Links to enjoy at one of the tables near the pool. Daily admission is $3 per person, or annual memberships can be purchased.

We look forward to seeing you at Lake Panorama National this weekend!

Weekend Hours

Friday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Correction: A flyer was included with the Lake Panorama water bills stating our July 4 hours incorrectly. The Links Restaurant will be open from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. as normal this Saturday, July 4.

Swimming Pool Now Open!

The new swimming pool is open! For LPA members, a 2015 pool membership for a single is $75 and for a family is $130. For others, a single membership is $85 and a family membership is $145. Memberships can be purchased online, or in person. Annual members will receive silicon wristbands to wear when using the pool. The daily rate is $3 per person. People who own weeks in the Clover Ridge Interval Owners Association, have traded weeks to stay at the resort, or are staying in the LPN Inn and Suites, will have free access to the pool. Pool hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Click on the photo to see more views of this great new facility! 



With the busy season underway, Sunday evening hours at The Links are being expanded. Beginning May 17, The Links will remain open until 7 p.m. Other hours remain the same.

Current Hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Breakfast is served each Saturday and Sunday 8-11 a.m. More information about the Links Restaurant & Lounge may be found on our website.

Swimming Pool Memberships Available

It's getting closer! The swimming pool and spa on the south side of the LPN conference center is complete, the fence is up, landscaping is underway, furniture has arrived. The facility is expected to be open at least by Memorial Day weekend, and perhaps a few days sooner.

Pool users must purchase an annual membership or pay a daily fee. For LPA members, a 2015 pool membership for a single is $75 and for a family is $130. For the general public, a single membership is $85 and a family membership is $145. Annual members will receive silicon wristbands to wear when using the pool. Pool memberships can be purchased online, or membership forms can be printed and mailed or dropped off with payment at the pool check-in area. The daily rate is $3 per person. Those paying the daily rate will have their hand stamped to show they have paid.

Pool hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Private pool parties can be scheduled in two-hour increments at a cost of $150. The LPN staff will manage the pool from the check-in window near the pool, and snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

Irv Gerlich Memorial Ryder Cup Matches - Entry deadline is June 17

Captain Bruce Ahrendsen and Captain Rod Knudsen invite you to play in the 20th Annual Irv Gerlich Memorial Ryder Cup

         Ryder Cup Registration Deadline June 17

                  The 2015 Irv Gerlich Memorial Ryder Cup

             at Lake Panorama National will be Aug. 6-9, 2015.

To be eligible for the 2015 Ryder Cup, you must:

1.    Be a member of LPN Golf Course and be 18 years old or older.

2.    Have a current USGA handicap.

3.    Have played AND posted scores for a minimum of ten, 18-hole rounds from July 1st 2014 through July 1st 2015.

4.    Be available at these times:

·     Thursday, Aug. 6 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

·     Friday, Aug. 7 11 am

·     Saturday, Aug 8 11 am

·     Sunday, Aug 9 tee times start at 10am

Note:  Substitutes are not eligible for the ShootOut on Saturday evening.

All members of Lake Panorama National Golf Course who meet above criteria may enter.  The cost to participate is $175.  

To be entered you must drop off signed registration form and check or cash made payable to ‘2015 Ryder Cup’ in the Ryder Cup folder at the Pro Shop.  This must be done by the deadline of June 17.  No Exceptions.

What you get for $175:

·     A team shirt, hat, and tournament prizes.

·     A lot of Meals!

·     3 rounds of competitive golf.

·     A chance to compete and win money in a shootout.

·     Compete in the best darn tourney in the state.

The field is full at multiples of 4.

For example:  We have 101 players sign up by June 17.  The first 100 players are in and the last player is on a waiting list until we get 3 more or if someone drops out.  So the last 1, 2, or 3 to sign up will be on a waiting list until we have a multiple of 4.  You will be notified June 19th if you are one of them.

We will also be needing substitutes.

If there is anyone not able to play all 3 days but would be available 1 or 2 days please let this years Captains know.  There will be no cost to you, only a short notice to play if someone gets ill, hurt, etc.  As a reminder, substitutes are not eligible to compete in the ShootOut on Saturday evening.

Copies of the agenda and registration are available on the LPN Website or in the Pro Shop.

To enter:  Please drop off signed registration form and check or cash made payable to ‘2015 Ryder Cup’ in the Ryder Cup folder at the Pro Shop.  This must be done by the deadline of June 17.

REPEAT:  To enter:  Please drop off signed registration form and check or cash made payable to ‘2015 Ryder Cup’ in the Ryder Cup folder at the Pro Shop.  This must be done by the deadline of June 17.

Note:  Only PAID entries with signed Registration Form by the deadline of JUNE 17 will be accepted.  No Exceptions.  

Note:  The signed Registration Form is vital for the Captains regarding refunds, shirt sizes, etc -- Therefore, attempting to enter by calling in, telling someone to “put me down” are two examples of how not to enter. 

We hope everyone can join us this year so please help out the Captains and enter no later than the deadline of June 17.

If you have any questions please contact this years Captains:

Captain Bruce Ahrendsen and Captain Rod Knudsen.


2015 Irv Gerlich Memorial Ryder Cup

Tentative Schedule of Events

Thursday, Aug. 6

   6:30 p.m.      Stag event for players

·     Teams announced, shirts/caps and pairings distributed.

·     Short (very short) presentation of history, format, and rules.

·     Sign up for Saturday’s shootout. Must have $10 cash to enter.

·     Keg beer and dinner.


Friday, Aug. 7

   11 a.m.  Shotgun

·     Format: Fourball. Each member of the (2) two-man teams plays their own ball, with handicap. The team whose player has the lowest score on that hole wins that hole.  Tee Boxes for determined by Captains.  

·     Play ball down except in own fairway.

·     If you declared for the shootout, you must putt everything out.

   5 p.m.   Guthrie County State Bank LPN Employee Shootout

·     Spectators welcome pari-mutuel betting

·     Dinner following shootout spouses welcome


Saturday, Aug. 8

   11 a.m.  Shotgun

·     Format: Foursomes. Two golfers play against two other golfers and

each team plays one ball.  All play on this day will be from RED Tees.

·     The first 9 holes you play will be a two-man, best-shot scramble.

·     The second 9 holes will be an alternate shot (player A hits tee shot, player B hits second shot, etc) until the hole is played out.  Declare when you start play on the second 9 which player will tee off on odd/even holes.

·     You may play the ball up everywhere and change the ball in play.

5 p.m.      Guthrie County State Bank 12 low gross / 12 low net


·     Spectators welcome pari-mutuel wagering

·     Dinner following shootout spouses welcome


Sunday, Aug. 9

   10 a.m.  First tee time

·     Format: Singles. Individual match play.

.     Each Match Tee Boxes to be determined by Ryder Cup Captains.

·     Play ball down except in own fairway.

·     When your match is over, go to the 18th hole, and play the final


   7 p.m.   Dinner and awards spouses welcome

REMINDER:  To enter:  Please drop off registration form and check or cash made payable to ‘2015 Ryder Cup’ in the Ryder Cup folder at the Pro Shop NO LATER THAN JUNE 17.   



15th Annual GCSB Member Guest at LPN

The 15th Annual Guthrie County State Bank 24/7 @Home Lake Panorama Realty Men’s Member-Guest Golf Tournament.

You are invited to join us for one of the premier men's event at Lake Panorama National Golf Course.  The Member-Guest is an excellent opportunity to invite a guest to our facility for great fun and great golf!

Entry Deadline:  May 7, 2015.

When:  Saturday, May 30th and Sunday, May 31st
Who:  Members of Lake Panorama National Golf Course (men) and their guest (men)
Entry Fee:  $200 per Team (event limited to first 36 paid teams)
Deadline for Entry:  May 7, 2015

Member-Guest Week events are as follows:

Saturday, May 30th (Team Quota)
11:00am   Shotgun Start
5:30pm     Team Shoot-Out (Spectators and Spouses Welcome)
7:30pm     Dinner
8:30pm     Professional Draw

Saturday Format:
Your USGA Handicap will be subtracted from 36, this is your quota.  The sum of both partners' individual quotas is equal to the team quota.  Points are then earned on the following basis:

     Double Eagle/Hole-in-One:     10 points
     Eagle:     6 points
     Birdie:     4 Points
     Par:         2 Points
     Bogey:    1 Point

Sunday, May 31st  (Member-Guest Pro Am)
8:30am     Breakfast and Registration (Spouses Welcome)
10:00am     Shotgun Start
3:00pm     Cocktails and Awards Ceremony

Sunday Format:
Four Amateurs with 60% of USGA Handicap are paired with Golf Professionals from across the state of Iowa.  Professional plays his own ball.  Two best Net Scores of five.

Entry Forms are available on the Lake Panorama National website and in the Pro Shop .  Only Paid Entries are accepted.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the 15th Annual Member Guest!


Gary J. Babcock, PGA
Head Professional
Panorama National Resort


This is Administrative Professionals Week, designed to highlight the important role of administrative professionals in the workplace. Wednesday is Administrative Professionals Day. Show appreciation for the administrative professionals in your business by bringing them to lunch at The Links, where specials will be offered throughout the week. On Wednesday, administrative professionals can choose a free dessert.