LPN Weekly - 10/6/13

Dinnebier Recognized as Merchandiser of the Year

The Iowa Section of the PGA of America recently announced the winners of the 2013 Iowa PGA Special Awards. John Dinnebier, LPN general manager and director of golf, was named Iowa PGA Resort Merchandiser of the Year. The award is given to a PGA professional who has demonstrated superior skills
 as a merchandiser in the promotion of golf.

Criteria for the award include such things as profit margins, innovation, displays, merchandising techniques, size and success of the nominee’s operation, inventory mix, staff training and merchandising philosophy. Dinnebier said he is accepting the award on behalf of the entire LPN staff.

“Gary Babcock does all the buying for the pro shop, which is a huge part of LPN’s merchandising, so he deserves much of the credit for this award. So does Mike Kleinwolterink and the rest of the pro shop staff who assist Gary,” Dinnebier said. “And since this award goes beyond the pro shop, all LPN employees have played a role in us being recognized with this award.”

The Merchandiser of the Year award, which began in 1992, has three categories – public, private and resort. This is the seventh time LPN has received the resort award. Jim Kirwan won it twice, in 1992 and 1993. Dinnebier has won it four times previously — 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2006.

The annual awards, voted on by the Iowa PGA membership, recognize excellence in 12 areas of the PGA member’s profession. A special luncheon will be held Oct. 22 at Riverside Casino & Golf Resort to honor the winners.

New Swimming Pool Slated for 2014 at LPN

Work will begin soon to demolish the old swimming pool on the south side of the LPN conference center. If all goes as planned, a new pool and hot tub will take its place in 2014.

The new pool will be a cooperative effort between the Clover Ridge Timeshare Association and the Lake Panorama Association, with operations handled by Lake Panorama National. That may sound complicated, but it’s no more complicated than the current pool’s history. Learn more here.

Fall Green Fee Rates Reduced

Daily green fee rates for the rest of 2013 are now $35, plus tax, for play-all-day. Share this information with family and friends, and enjoy some great fall golf. Call the pro shop at 755-2024 for tee times.

12th Annual Iditarod

Iditarod XII will be Sunday, Nov. 10, with tee off at 11 a.m. This is a four-person, best-shot tournament that involves playing the LPN golf course in an entirely new way. The cost for LPN members is $10 per person, with non-members playing as guests of a member at $25 per person. Join the enduring spirit of the last great round of the 2013 season! Call the pro shop at 755-2024 to register.

Upcoming Events

November 10: 12th Annual Iditarod


October 12: Links Restaurant and Lounge Closed

Panorama West Golf Course

Fall Green Fee Special

A special rate for Panorama West green fees is in effect for the rest of this golfing season. The all-day-play rate of $12 covers green fees, with rental carts extra. Pro shop hours currently are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., or dependent on weather and golfers on the course. Call the Panorama West pro shop at 641-755-2250.