Gerlich Gets an Ace…..Again!

On April 9, Jay Gerlich got a hole-in-one on Lake Panorama National’s 13th hole. The feat was witnessed by playing partner Les Marks, plus Joe Wells and Austin Rogers watching from the #14 tee box.

Any golfer will tell you getting a hole-in-one is pretty special, and for the majority, something they haven’t yet achieved. But this is the fifth ace for Gerlich, all at Lake Panorama National. What’s even more amazing, he now has a hole-in-one on all four of the LPN’s par-3 holes.

“Each one is a surprise,” Gerlich says. “It really is pure luck, but if you play enough, and long enough, sometimes it happens.”

Gerlich’s first hole-in-one came on the LPN’s third hole in 1987. The next came in 1990 on the seventh hole. In 2008, it was on the 16th hole. In 2010, he got his fourth hole-in-one, again on LPN’s third hole. And now he has his fifth ace with the recent shot on 13.

“That’s the one I never thought I would get, because every time I stepped onto that tee box, I thought about it,” Gerlich says. “I was pretty thrilled when it happened.”

Gerlich started playing golf in West Des Moines in 1971 when he returned from the military. His parents, Irv and Molly Gerlich, built a home at Lake Panorama in the late 1970s and he started playing at Lake Panorama National. It’s been his “home” course since 1983.

Gerlich, who is retired, is a certified golf club repair technician. He has attended three GolfWorks club repair and assembly workshops, and will attend another soon. “I have a whole shop full of tools and golf clubs,” he says. “I probably have 20 to 25 sets of clubs I’ve made.”

For his most recent ace, he used a new Cleveland 588 #4 hybrid. “It was a warm day and the wind was blowing from the south at about 30 miles per hour,” Gerlich says. “That was only the third time I had ever hit that club, but it worked great.”

Did Gerlich do the expected and buy a round of drinks when he got into the clubhouse? “Yes, a round of drinks and then some,” Gerlich says. “I think my bar bill was longer than the golf club I used.”

Beer Tasting, 4 Shades of Grey Return April 26

Back by popular demand, an evening of beer tasting and live music will take place at the LPN Conference Center Saturday, April 26. Between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., patrons will be able to taste test some new beers being considered for The Links. Between 8 p.m. and midnight, the local band "4 Shades of Grey" will rock the banquet room. There is no cover charge. Mark your calendar for this fun evening!

Make Reservations for Easter Brunch

An Easter Brunch April 20 will be served 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with seatings scheduled every half hour. The cost is $14.95 for adults, $8.95 for children 5-12 and free for children 4 and under. Call 641-755-2080 for reservations. Since the kitchen staff will be busy preparing for the brunch, the regular breakfast menu won't be available that morning.

Prior to the brunch, an Easter egg hunt will begin at 10 a.m. sharp. Don't be late, last year's hunt proved these kids are fast! This is open to all children, not just those attending the brunch.

Gearing Up for LPN Golf Leagues

Less than a month remains before the LPN men’s and women’s golf leagues hold kickoff events.

Men's leagues are Wednesdays. An 18-hole noon league offers participants the opportunity to play from either the white or red tees. At 3 p.m., there is a nine-hole league available from both the red and white tees.

A 6 p.m. nine-hole league includes all players teeing from the white markers. Some choose to play in both the 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. leagues. Cost of all men's leagues is $55, and league players must have purchased an LPN annual membership.

The Men’s Stag April 30 will kickoff the men’s league season. Members or potential members are invited to attend compliments of the LPN. Cocktails and munchies begin at 5:30 p.m. with a brief program and raffle drawing around 7 p.m. League play begins May 7.

The LPN women's league is held each Thursday with registration at 5 p.m. and a shotgun start at 5:30 p.m. This nine-hole league involves two-person teams. Sign up with a partner, or as a single to be paired with a partner, or as a substitute. The league fee is $40, and players must have purchased an LPN annual membership.

An opening tee-off dinner is May 1 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The evening will include dinner, program, gifts, prizes and details about the 2014 league. The dinner costs $15, and reservations should be made by April 25. The season opens May 8 with a mixer, followed by league competition beginning May 15.

Panora P.E.T.S. Furball - April 5

Panora P.E.T.S. First Annual Furball

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Lake Panorama National Resort and Conference Center

5071 Clover Ridge Road, Panora

All proceeds go to the care of animals of Panora P.E.T.S.

Cocktail Attire Welcome
Cocktails - 5 p.m.
Dinner - 6 p.m.


Live Music
Premium Draft
Featuring a blend of Blues & Rock

Live Auction
Clete Schultz
Professional Auctioneer

Silent auction and raffles throughout the evening. Great items to bid and win. This will be a fun time and great way to help the animals.

Purchase Tickets:
Owl's Nest
Lake Panorama National Resort

Or email or call: 515-344-6391

$25 per person
$90 for 2 tickets & pet sponsor
$175 for a table of 8
$215 for a table of 8 & pet sponsor

Pet Sponsor only $50

Free Personalized Golf Balls from Titleist

Titleist Rewarded Promotion:

Buy 3 dozen PROV1 or PROV1X at $48+ per dozen
Receive 1 dozen FREE!

Option #1: Standard Numbers (1-4) or (5-8) with personalization
Option #2: Double Digit Numbers with personalization (00, 1-99)
$1.00 per dozen upcharge

Contact Gary in the Pro Shop with the following information if you would like to place an order:
1. Ball Type
2. Color of Imprint: Red, Black, Blue, Green or Pink
3. Number Specifications

The promotion begins March 13 and runs through April 13.  Please allow 4 weeks to receive orders.  Place your orders now and we'll get them in at the beginning of the promotion.

Reduced Rates Available to LPN Members at Other Courses in 2014

Head Pro Gary Babcock has finalized a reciprocal agreement for LPN golf members with 10 other golf clubs. To play one of these at the reciprocal rate, the LPN Pro Shop MUST arrange your tee times. Most of the clubs have some day or time restrictions, which the LPN pro shop staff will alert you to before calling for a tee time. The fees listed here cover 18 holes of golf, cart and range balls, with taxes extra. It is possible a couple more clubs will be added to the list, but for now, the 10 participating courses are:

  • Atlantic Country Club - $25
  • Bent Tree Golf Club, Council Bluffs - $25
  • Carroll Country Club - $25
  • Fort Dodge Country Club - $25
  • Indianola Country Club - $25
  • Lake Creek Country Club, Storm Lake - $25
  • Landsmeer Golf Club, Orange City - $25
  • Majestic Hills, Denison - $20
  • Ottumwa Country Club - $25
  • Waverly Golf Course, Waverly - $20

Also in 2014, a new "Partners Club" has been formed with the Tournament Club of Iowa at Polk City and Legacy Golf Club at Norwalk. LPN members will be able to play those two courses Monday through Thursday for $30 plus tax. You will be able to make your own tee times, since they will have an LPN membership list at the pro shop counter.

For both the reciprocal clubs and the partners clubs, any accompanying guests will pay the full rate. Not only do these programs give LPN members a chance to play other courses at reduced rates, they also provide additional revenue to the LPN while exposing outside golfers to what our great club has to offer.

Nominate The Links for Iowa's Best Burger

The Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen's Association are asking for nominations for Iowa's Best Burger. The more nominations a burger receives, the better the chances it will be on the "Top Ten" list announced in late March. Finalists will receive a certificate and be eligible for the secret taste-test of contest judges.

There are three ways you can nominate the delicious Links Burger! Forms to complete and mail are available at The Links. Go online and choose The Links from the list of possible restaurants. (Only one online vote per device.) Text BEEF to 313131 to learn how to submit a nomination via text. The nomination deadline is March 17.

LPN Communications - Tell Us How We're Doing

Keeping Lake Panorama National members and guests informed about all aspects of the LPN operation is important to us. In the past year, an updated website was created, the LPN Weekly e-newsletter was launched, and the distribution of LPN News items has been coordinated through social media. Now it's time to see how we're doing. Please take a few minutes to respond to an LPN Communications survey. We'll use your responses to help us analyze what we're already doing, and brainstorm ways to do even better!

Beer Tasting & 4 Shades of Grey Saturday

Help choose spring beers for The Links by tasting five beers being considered from 6-8 p.m Saturday, February 22. Included are two from Exile Brewing Co. in Des Moines - Hannah, a Bavarian Wheat, and GiGi, a Dark Lager. Others will be Samuel Adams' Cold Snap and Rebel IPA, and Shock Top Belgian White.

The "4 Shades of Grey" will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight in the LPN banquet room. This local group plays classic rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, country and R&B. Band members are Bill Labath, Reuben Hanson, Mike Bowles and Kim Jackson. Put on your dancing shoes, bring some friends - there is no cover charge!

The Links will offer appetizer and drink specials throughout the evening, including discounts on the five beers in the taste test. Come join the fun!

Valentine's Day Sweetheart Dinner

Plan to celebrate Valentine's Day with your sweetie on Friday, Feb. 14, at The Links. Order from the regular menu or enjoy a dinner-for-two special. The special includes three jumbo shrimp and a 6 oz. steak filet, plus fresh dinner rolls, salad, baked potato, and one glass of house wine per person, at a cost of $49.95 plus tax and tip. Call 641-755-2080 to make a reservation.

Date Change: Guthrie County State Bank Member Guest

The date of the Member Guest is now May 31st and June 1st. The events listing that was mailed with the membership packets had the dates June 7th and 8th.

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!

When: Saturday, May 31st and Sunday, June 1st
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, 2014

Member-Guest Week events are as follows:

Saturday, May 31st (Team Quota)

11:00 a.m. - Shotgun Start
5:30 p.m. - Team Shoot-Out (Spectators and Spouses Welcome)
7:30 p.m. - Dinner
8:30 p.m. - 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, June 1st (Member-Guest Pro Am)

8:30 a.m. - Breakfast and Registration (Spouses Welcome)
10:00 a.m. - Shotgun Start
3:00 p.m. - Cocktails and Awards Ceremony

Sunday Format:

Four Amateurs with 60% of USGA Handicap are paired with PGA 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 14th Annual Member Guest!



Gary J. Babcock, PGA
Head Professional
Lake Panorama National Resort

One More Reason to Join the LPN in 2014!

Two other central Iowa golf clubs have joined the LPN to form a "Partners Club" for 2014. Members of the LPN can play both Tournament Club of Iowa at Polk City and Legacy Golf Club at Norwalk Monday through Thursday for $30 plus tax.

Under this agreement, LPN members will be able to make their own tee times at these two courses, because each will have an LPN membership list at the pro shop counter. Any accompanying guests must pay the full rate.

For more information on 2014 LPN memberships, check out our website, or call the pro shop at 641-755-2024. Join by Jan. 31 and take advantage of the "Early Bird" discounted rates.