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Bartender John Reynolds serves a cold one to Kevin Austin of Tunkhannock and Dave Williams of Lake Winola at The Hedge on Friday.

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STAFF PHOTO/C.J. MARSHALL Patrons enjoy a meal at The Hedge on Friday. Clockwise, from left, is John Nash of San Francisco, Calif., Dick Brauer of Tunkhannock, Brenna Coolbaugh of Tunkhannock, and Betsy and Will Nash of Bend, Ore.

Patrons of the Stonehedge Golf Course can now enjoy a sumptuous meal or an after-dinner drink at its new restaurant.

The Hedge, a full restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining, has been serving meals to customers since June.

General Manager Erika Edwards quickly pointed out even though The Hedge is sports a bar, its primary function is a family restaurant, providing food and a pleasant atmosphere to people of all ages.

“Providing a family atmosphere is the number one key,” Edwards explained.

This is evident on Friday night, as singer Frank Lincoln belts out some familiar tunes outside on his guitar, while patrons including children enjoy good food and good music on the patio.

“We want to draw in more local people,” Edwards said about why Stonehedge set up the restaurant.

Many people are under the misconception that they must be a member of Stonehedge to use the golf course, Edwards said. In reality, the course, the restaurant and other facilities are open to the public.

“No reservations are needed, and all are welcome,” she said.

Nine tables are located inside the restaurant, which can accommodate about 50 people. Additional seating is available outside.

“It’s a full fledged banquet facility,” Edwards explained. “We do weddings, small or large dinner parties, banquets, meetings, golf events, birthday parties, anniversaries - and many other special events. We have something for all occasions.”

A full catering service is also available on the premises.

The restaurant is scheduled to remain open through the conclusion of ‘The Festival of Lights’ on Jan. 1, Edwards explained.

Although there is no set schedule, entertainment is available at The Hedge, usually featuring one, two, or three performers.

“It’s based on availability,” Edwards explained. “We schedule it when we can.”

The Hedge’s menu reads like an 18-hole event at the golf course. For ‘The Tee Off,’ one can choose from spinach and artichoke dip; pub pretzels; mac-n-cheese bites; loaded fries; or potato pancakes.

‘The Rough’ and ‘The Fringe’ features a variety of salads, including house and Caesar.

‘The Approach’ offers french onion or cream of mushroom soup.

‘Sandwedges’ are available with coleslaw; and one can purchase a full meal from ‘The Fairway, including ‘Stoney Steak,’ which is a 12-ounce New York strip.

“It’s very nice,” said Dick Brauer of Tunkhannock, who was having dinner at The Hedge on Friday. “It’s great that Bill Ruark (owner of Stonehedge) created the Festival of Lights along with this establishment, adding it to this business.”

(The Festival of Lights will re-open in November.)

“It’s really beautiful. It has a really nice patio,” said Loni Saylor of Springville.

“It’s great, they did a really great job,” said Dave Williams of Lake Winola.