15th Annual IDITAROD date set for Sunday, Nov 6th

IDITAROD XV:  15th Annual Golf Tournament is Sunday, November 6th.

 IDITAROD XV is scheduled for November 6th, 11am tee time Start. 

 Note:  Please register in Pro Shop first.  Tee times are first come—first served (normally, groups start early around 10:30am)  Groups can get in line on 1 tee and we normally have everyone off the first tee by 11:30am.

 Join the enduring spirit of the last great round. 4-person best shot.Sign-up by calling the Pro Shop.

 We will once again play the Iditarod course designed in 2002. (Details about the course (TRAIL) are located below.

 Format: 4-Person Best Shot. You pick your own team.

Cost: $10 for LPN Members. $30 for a Non-Member Guest on a LPN Team.




 Hole #1.

Hole Nickname: Nome Starting Line

From #1 Blue Tee to #8 Green.

Yards: 282.

Par 4.

Designer Notes: Home on the Range; then wedge to 8 green.

 Hole #2.

Hole Nickname: Whachfoduks (watch-FO-duks) From #8 150 yard marker to #7 Green.

Yards: 338

Par 4

Designer Notes: Drive to front of 8 tee; carry water to 7 green.

 Hole #3.

Hole Nickname: Wahtulspon (wad-ELS-pond) From front of #6 green to #5 green.

Yards: 370

Par 4.

Designer Notes: Go up #6 Fairway, then to #5 green.Look out for pond!

 Hole #4.

Hole Nickname: Rohdkhel (rode-KIL)

From left of #5 green to #4 green.

Yards: 449

Par 5.

Designer Notes: Follow #5 fairway, then over road and traffic to #4 green.

 Hole #5.

Hole Nickname: Lawngmofoh (long-MO-FO)

From #10 White Tee to #17 Green.

Yards: 631

Par 6.

Designer Notes: North to Alaska; #1 handicap hole-Hit it hard often.

 Hole #6.

Hole Nickname: Malamute Leg (mal-U-mute leg) From #11 Black Tee to #15 Green.

Yards: 282

Par 4

Designer Notes: Hit drive to 150 to 180 yards, then 130 over pond on to green.

 Hole #7

Hole Nickname: Gooz Pass Walnerzkamp (gooz-PASS-wall-NERS-camp) From #15 Blue Tee to #13 Green.

Yards: 385

Par 4.

Designer Notes: Drive to front of #14 tee, then over trees to #13 Green.

 Hole #8

Hole Nickname: Sombeech (sum-BEACH)

From #14 Black Tee to #12 Green.

Yards: 195

Par 3.

Designer Notes: 180 yards to carry last bunker in front of green.

 Hole #9

Hole Nickname: Chief Nohmo (Nome-OH)

From #12 200 yard Marker to #14 Green.

Yards: 358

Par 4.

Designer Notes: Drive to front of 12 tees for best approach to 14 green.

 Hole #10.

Hole Nickname: Disholsucs (dis-HOL-sux)

From #15 150 yard Marker to #16 Green.

Yards: 250

Par 4.

Designer Notes: Safe route to #17 Fairway, then chip to green - OR-Let the big dog eat and go for the green by hitting over the woods.

 Hole #11.

Hole Nickname: Yuhkondoit (Yukon-DO-it)

From #18 Black Tee to #2 Green.

Yards: 160

Par 3.

Designer Notes: 147 yards to carry bunker; take enough club to get home!

 Hole #12.

Hole Nickname: Anchorage (ank-OR-edge)

From #3 Black Tee to #1 Green.

Yards: 490

Par 5.

Designer Notes: Coming Home; Nail it down #2 fairway, the over to #1 Green.

 Total Yards: 4,190

Par: 50

45th Club Championship this Weekend, Deadline to register is Thursday

Lake Panorama National will be hosting the 45th  Club Championship on Saturday, July 23rd and Sunday, July 24th .  We will continue to take entries for our LPN Members until Thursday, July 21st .

As always, the goal is to have fun and crown our Club Champions in the following categories:

Entry Fee:  $30 per player.

Open Division (Men Ages 16+) Blue Tees

Senior Men (Age 50+):  White Tees

Super Senior (Age 70+) Red Tees

Women’s Division – Red TeesJunior Division (Ages 7 thru 15) play at 5:00pm on Saturday evening, July 23rd  (9 holes).  Entry fee for Junior Division is $10.

Divisions may be flighted depending on amount of entries.  Prizes may be awarded for Gross and Net Divisions—based on amount of entries.  Age on Final Round determines appropriate age division.

Entry Fee is $30 per person.

Tee Times will be from 8:30am to ?  Saturday and from 8:00am on Sunday to ?.  Please sign-up soonest (no later than July 21st) to provide the LPN Staff time to set-up Tee Times, Flights, Awards, et al. 

This is one of our great events of the year and we hope you find time in your schedule to participate this year.

We normally start Tee Times accordingly:  Women’s Divisions first, followed by:  Super Senior, Senior, and Open.

We hope to see you this weekend.

Sadie Hawkins Couples, Friday, July 22nd

The Next Friday Couples is scheduled for Friday, July 22nd. 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.

-Gary Babcock

2016 Irv Gerlich Memorial Ryder Cup

Captain Bob McCleeary and Captain Bill Douglass invite you to play in the 21st  Annual Irv Gerlich Memorial Ryder Cup

         Ryder Cup Registration Deadline – June 15

                  The 2016 Irv Gerlich Memorial Ryder Cup

             at Lake Panorama National will be Aug. 11-14, 2016.

To be eligible for the 2016 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 2015 through August 1st 2016.

4.    Be available at these times:

·     Thursday, Aug. 11 – 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

·     Friday, Aug. 12 – 10 am

·     Saturday, Aug 13 – 11 am

·     Sunday, Aug 14 – 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 $200. 

To be entered you must drop off signed registration form and check or cash made payable to ‘2016 Ryder Cup’ in the Ryder Cup folder at the Pro Shop.  This must be done by the deadline of June 15.  No Exceptions.

What you get for $200:

·     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 15.  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 16th 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 ‘2016 Ryder Cup’ in the Ryder Cup folder at the Pro Shop.  This must be done by the deadline of June 15.

REPEAT:  To enter:  Please drop off signed registration form and check or cash made payable to ‘2016 Ryder Cup’ in the Ryder Cup folder at the Pro Shop.  This must be done by the deadline of June 15.

Note:  Only PAID entries with signed Registration Form by the deadline of JUNE 15 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 15.

If you have any questions please contact this years Captains:

2016 Irv Gerlich Memorial Ryder Cup

Tentative Schedule of Events

Thursday, Aug. 11

   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. 12

   10 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.

·     Dinner after play and prior to the Employee ShootOut

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

·     Spectators welcome – pari-mutuel betting

Saturday, Aug. 13

   11 a.m.  Shotgun

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

each team plays one ball.  Tee boxes determined by Captains.

·     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 Shootout

·     Spectators welcome – pari-mutuel wagering

·     Dinner following shootout

Sunday, Aug. 14

   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 hole. 

   7 p.m.   Dinner and awards – spouses welcome

REMINDER:  To enter:  Please drop off registration form and check or cash made payable to ‘2016 Ryder Cup’ in the Ryder Cup folder at the Pro Shop NO LATER THAN JUNE 15.  

Agenda and Registration form is available on the LPN website.



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.