Golf League Options Plentiful at Lake Panorama

By Susan Thompson

Both golf courses owned by the Lake Panorama Association are open for the season, and in great condition for the 2017 season. Again this year, there are plenty of golf league options available at the two courses.

At Panorama West, there is a Tuesday morning women’s league, a Tuesday evening men’s league, and a Thursday morning men’s league. League members must either purchase an annual Panorama West membership, or pay the $16 daily green fee.

WSO Home Tour in its 43rd Year

By Susan Thompson 

Five Lake Panorama homes will be featured June 1 for the 43rd annual Women’s Service Organization (WSO) home tour. Tickets are $20, and include both the home tour and lunch at the Lake Panorama National Conference Center.

WSO was established in the fall of 1972 when women who had worked together to help pass a school bond issue decided they enjoyed working together, and could further benefit the community as a formal organization. 

Drone Provides Lake Panorama Aerial Photos

This aerial view starts at Boulder Cove and continues northwest to Lake Panorama’s upper basin.

By Susan Thompson

Some of my favorite photos of Lake Panorama are those that have been taken from the window of an airplane. At least a couple of times, local residents have taken to the skies to capture sweeping aerial views of Lake Panorama and the surrounding area.

With the advent of remote-controlled drones, aerial photography has entered an entirely new era. One Sunday last October, Dronography Iowa was hired to take aerial photos of specific sites at Lake Panorama.

Table Sponsors, Ticket Holders, Donated Items Sought for Beach Ball

By Susan Thompson

The 2nd annual Beach Ball, sponsored by Friends of Lake Panorama, will be Saturday, May 6, at the Lake Panorama National Conference Center. All proceeds will go to the charity’s current priority project — new sports courts at Boulder Beach.

The first Beach Ball in May 2016 raised nearly $24,000, which helped Friends reach its $80,000 goal for a new playground at Sunset Beach.

Rain Garden Installation June 10

By Susan Thompson

While new sports courts at Boulder Beach is the current priority project for Friends of Lake Panorama, the charity also is working on a smaller project related to water quality. On Saturday, June 10, a rain garden will be installed along the east side of the Panorama West clubhouse parking lot. Historically, the prairies and savannas of Iowa held and infiltrated most rainfall, and surface runoff was rare. Rainfall was absorbed and moved down through the soil to become groundwater flow.