Swimming Pool at LPN Open for the Season

By Susan Thompson 
The swimming pool and spa on the south side of the Lake Panorama National conference center is open for the season, and expected to remain open until the end of September. Pool hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Private pool parties can be scheduled in two-hour increments at a cost of $150. 
The pool is a cooperative effort between the Clover Ridge Interval Owners Association and the Lake Panorama Association, with operations handled by Lake Panorama National. 

Panorama West Golf Course and Clubhouse Updates

The Panorama West clubhouse was built in 1997. Besides the pro shop, it houses a full kitchen and community room.

By Susan Thompson

A lot has changed at the Panorama West Golf Course since it first opened in 1971. What began as a nine-hole par-3 course now offers the option of playing five of the holes as a par-4. The present clubhouse was completed in 1997 in the middle of the nine-hole layout, which led to the course being rearranged.

The Lake Panorama Association owns the facility, and managed it until 2013, when the operation was placed under the Lake Panorama National umbrella. Again this season, several updates and improvements are underway.


LPN Inn Gets Extensive Makeover

Two truckloads of furniture and appliances were delivered to the LPN Inn in mid-March as part of the updates made to the 27-room motel.

By Susan Thompson

The Lake Panorama National Inn, located on Karen Drive south of the LPN conference center, recently received $125,000 in upgrades. There are 27 rooms in the two-story motel, which was built in the mid-1980s by Irv Gerlich.

To raise money for other portions of the LPN operation, Gerlich later sold the individual motel rooms to private owners. There currently are 13 owners who sign individual annual contracts with the LPN, which in turn manages the motel room rentals. Owners receive payments twice a year for their portion of the rental proceeds.

Brokers International Iowa Open August 18-21

By Susan Thompson

Planning is underway for the 2016 Brokers International Iowa Open to be held at Lake Panorama National Golf Resort Aug. 18-21.

This is the seventh 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.

Golf League Options Plentiful at Lake Panorama

By Susan Thompson

Both golf courses owned by the Lake Panorama Association opened for the season in early March. For 2016, there are eight league options available at the two courses.

At the 18-hole Lake Panorama National, men's leagues are on 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.

Friends of Lake Panorama "Fun-Raiser" is May 6

Friends of Lake Panorama is closing in on its goal of raising an additional $50,000 for a new playground at Sunset Beach. Donors are asked to help “Climb the Slide” so the playground can be built this summer.
The 1st annual Friends of Lake Panorama “Fun-raiser” will be held Friday, May 6, at the Lake Panorama National Conference Center. Planners have dubbed the event “The Beach Ball” since there will be live music and dancing, and money raised will be used to build a new playground at Sunset Beach. 
Friends of Lake Panorama needs to raise about $20,000 more to reach its $80,000 goal. If The Beach Ball raises more money than needed for the playground, proceeds will be used for other projects endorsed by the Friends board.