Summer in Full Swing at Lake Panorama National

By Susan Thompson

With summer in full swing, we checked in with John Dinnebier, Lake Panorama National director of operations. He oversees the two golf operations owned by the Lake Panorama Association — the 18-hole Lake Panorama National and the 9-hole Panorama West.

Q: Give us an update on annual LPN and Panorama West annual memberships.

A. With the wet spring, the number of memberships at both LPN and Panorama West are down some from a year ago. We are still getting a few in, and will most likely advertise some sort of reduced-rate membership option in July. Right now we have 251 memberships at the LPN and 154 memberships at Panorama West. 

Q. What does the summer calendar look like for golf tournaments, stay-and-play packages, weddings and banquets?

A. The calendar of events looks good through October with many events booked, both for members and outside guests. Balancing outside events and member events is critical to the success of the LPN, as we need to serve our members, but also need lots of outside income to support the overall operation. November and December will be key months for Lake Panorama National, especially at the conference center. We are currently booking for holiday parties and would welcome any chance to host. 

Q. This is the third season for the new swimming pool and spa. How are memberships and daily fees selling?

A. The pool has been a great addition to the LPN campus. To date we have sold 57 annual pool memberships. Guests of our LPN Inn and Suites and Clover Ridge Timeshares can swim at no charge. Those who don’t have an annual membership must pay a $3 daily fee. Everyone must check in at the pool counter on the south side of the pro shop, and wear either daily or annual membership wristbands. Drinks, snacks and ice cream are available for purchase at the pool counter.

New for 2017 is a special pool menu created by Drew Labath, the LPN executive chef, who has been with us for one year now and has settled in nicely. Orders placed at the pool counter are transmitted directly to the LPN kitchen, and food is delivered to the pool. This limited menu is being well received by our pool guests. 

Q. Give us an update on the Granite Club.

A. In 2008, 12 businesses made monetary or in-kind contributions to Lake Panorama National to support the construction of Spikes. In exchange, the businesses received a sponsorship sign on an LPN tee box. Several of these businesses have maintained their sponsorship ever since, while some have left. 

So far this year, three new members have joined the Granite Club — Martin Brothers on hole 12, Jensen Sanitation on hole 13, and Tometich Engineering on hole 17. Donor signs are made of granite, and hang below the tee signs on each hole. These signs are seen each year by about 25,000 golfers, so this is a great way to advertise your business. All money raised is used for capital improvements at Lake Panorama National.

Annual sponsorships are $500. New sponsors also are asked to pay the cost of the sign, which is $250. Granite Club members receive a free round of golf for a foursome, including carts, when they purchase or renew their annual membership.

Original Granite Club members who renewed for 2017 are Brokers International on the first hole; Panora Telco on the third hole; Guthrie County State Bank/Lake Panorama Realty/GCSB Investment Center on hole five; Exterior Sheet Metal on hole eight; Bryton Insurance on the ninth hole; Total Financial Solutions on the 10th hole; Brokers International Financial Services on 16; and Clover Ridge Interval Owners on 18.

The remaining seven holes are open for new sponsors. Anyone interested in discussing Granite Club membership can contact me at the LPN at 641-755-2080.

Q. What’s new at the LPN conference center for 2017?

A. Our great volunteers filled holes and put a fresh coat of paint on the banquet room walls earlier this season. Our landlord, the Lake Panorama Association, added much-needed supplemental heating and cooling units to the banquet room. This is especially needed to keep that room cool during the summer when hosting large events such as wedding receptions. A new room divider also has been added, and is a big improvement.

Two new tables with umbrellas and four chairs each have been added to the main deck, and we’ll soon be adding new chairs and umbrellas to two tables already there. These improvements were possible because of donations made to Friends of Lake Panorama and designated by the donors for use at the LPN. Those donors were Gloria Anderson, who donated $1,000 in memory of her husband, William (Bill) Anderson; and the Paul Z. Davis family, which donated $650.

Q. What do you think is unique about Lake Panorama National?

A. We have 27 newly remodeled guesthouse rooms and eight townhomes on Karen Drive in our rental pool. What’s unique about Lake Panorama National is that once our guests get here, we have everything they need within walking distance — great recreational amenities, food and lodging, all in one place. 

Q. This will be the second year for the annual Iowa Wife-Husband Championship, conducted by the Iowa Golf Association, to be held at the LPN. How did it go last year, and what are your hopes for 2017?

A. This was a great event for us last year, so our hope is to have another successful event this September 15-17. This event, like many others we host, allows us to showcase this special place. We on the LPN staff continue to welcome our guests, but also know it’s important to thank our members and the larger Lake Panorama community for their continued support. So thank you, and we look forward to seeing you soon at both Panorama West and Lake Panorama National.