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Dakota Pines gets rebrand with new owner, name

Starting this February, Dakota Pines Golf Club and Rudy's at the Pines will both bear new names and a new message.

Soon to be Hastings Golf Club and Events and Hastings Public House will be a community meeting place for things golf, and non-golf, related.

After taking ownership of the club in November, Nicole Sindelar eagerly agreed with the building's leaser that it is time to freshen up the place and try something new.

"The whole idea is that we want the brand to reflect our history in Hastings, but also our future," she said. "This club has been around since 1958, and people used to bring their families here. We want to bring that back."

The new restaurant, Hastings Public House, will host an American menu with many fresh options.

"We want it to be a restaurant. We don't want it to be the old boys club that is just for the golfers. Everyone in Hastings is welcome," Sindelar said.

The club, under the new concept, held its first big event on New Year's Eve. The sold-out show featured dinner and dueling pianos.

The Hastings community can expect more events like the dueling pianos from Hastings Golf Club and Events. Sindelar plans to do such events at least every other month.

"On the restaurant side, we will have live music on the weekends, happy hour and brunch. We also plan to roll out a rewards program," Sindelar said. "On the golf side, we plan to incorporate new programs and tournaments. You don't have to be a member to participate."

One way Sindelar is planning to expand the openness of the club is by offering more programs for women and youth.

Get Golf Ready, is a program for women who want to learn to golf, but might feel uncomfortable with the sport. Get Golf Ready allows women to gather with a group of friends and hit the green with a golf pro, who can teach them the rules and etiquette of golf.

"It's fun. Girlfriends can learn more about golf and get more comfortable. Then, they can go grab a drink at the bar after and make a day of it," Sindelar said.

For kids, the club will offer Youth on Course, a junior league and junior camps throughout the summer.

Youth on Course is a program born out of the Northern California Golf Association. The main goal is to give children access to affordable golf, Sindelar said.

Overall, Sindelar wants to create a space for the people of Hastings to meet and have fun.

With the event space, they hope to keep hosting more community events, such as high school team banquets, like the club used to, Sindelar said.

"It is fun to have all that history come full circle," Sindelar added.

If you go:

The Hastings Public House is holding a live comedy dinner for Valentine's Day. Reservations are required for guests planning to participate in the dinner portion of the evening. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is served at 6:15 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Dinner and the show is $40, plus tax. Cost for just the show is $15, plus tax.

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