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Destination: Barrie

It's neither a suburb of Toronto, nor part of the area referred to locally as "Cottage Country." Instead, Barrie lies smack-dab between both and is quite comfortable with its location and in its own skin.

Increasingly in recent years, the booming central Ontario city of almost 150,000 people has become a bedroom community of the giant metropolis roughly an hour south of it.

Barrie's biggest feature is that it's located on Kempenfelt Bay on the western shore of Lake Simcoe. The Trent-Severn Waterway links Lake Simcoe with everything around it and because of that Barrie has a considerable amount of summer tourist traffic passing through. Back in the day, Lake Simcoe was the it destination of the cultured set in Toronto, though that area has now moved to Muskoka, about an hour further north. With that evolution, Barrie now essentially serves as a gateway to Cottage Country. But Lake Simcoe and Kempenfelt Bay have always been a pretty piece of shoreline and three Barrie beaches -- Centennial, Johnsons and Tyndale -- are popular primarily with locals but the occasional day-tripper as well.

Barrie has developed its local arts and theatre scene quite well. Georgian Theatre (located on the campus of the college of the same name) and the Mady Centre for the Performing Arts are chock-a-block throughout most of the year with various productions. A number of art houses, highlighted by the McLaren Art Gallery, also operate in the city.

From a sports point of view, the local major junior hockey team, the Colts and the semi-pro baseball Baycats dominate the local headlines, though rugby has also taken root in recent years.

Perhaps most of all -- and to the chagrin of some locals who feel things have gone a bit crazy -- Barrie's downtown has a vibrant nightlife. The roughly kilometer street downtown between Mary and Mulcaster Streets is, well, mad on Thursday through Saturday night (with the occasional Tuesday as well). It would be tough to find a bar district anywhere locally or further afield in Toronto more lively than downtown Barrie. If you plan on doing a pub crawl, plan it right or it may result in fuzzy memories and a roaring headache.

But the golf here will soothe all aches and pains. Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club in the south end strikes a nice balance between playability, difficulty and hospitality. The Nottawasaga Resort, just to the south of Tangle Creek, has two golf courses located on site and is the preferred destination of many professional and national sports teams looking for a few days of R&R away from the hustle-bustle of Toronto. Further north of Barrie is where most of the golf courses are located: Horseshoe Resort(36 holes), Heritage Hills Golf Club and Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club (36) are all solid tracks just north of the city heading toward Muskoka.

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Heritage Hills Golf Club
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Barrie $20
Windermere Golf & Country Club
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Windermere $22.5
The Rock
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Minett $47
Silver Brooke Golf Club
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Lisle $18
Cranberry Golf Course
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Collingwood $27
Settlers' Ghost Golf Club
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Barrie $27
Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club
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Thornton $35
Oak Bay Golf & Country Club
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Port Severn $45
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Timber Ridge Course
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Orillia $23
Ridge at Manitou Golf Club
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Parry Sound $60 - $120
Green Acres Golf Centre Angus $7.50 - $24.00
Northern Dunes Golf Club
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Hepworth $35 - $55
Horseshoe Resort - Valley Course
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Barrie $22
Diamond In The Ruff Golf Club
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Utterson $7.99
Championship at Brooklea Golf & Country Club
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Midland $20
Legacy Nine at Saugeen Golf Club
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Port Elgin $24
Rangeland at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $12
The Golf Club at Lora Bay
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Thornbury $62.15
North Granite Ridge Golf Club
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Port Sydney $26
Beaverton Golf Course
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Beaverton $22.50 - $26.00
Markdale Golf & Curling Club
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Markdale $15 - $36
Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club
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Wasaga Beach $19.95
Parry Sound Golf & Country Club
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Parry Sound $48.67
Sunset Nine at Saugeen Golf Club
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Port Elgin $24
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Meadow Nest Course
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Orillia $34
Orchard Beach Golf & Country Club Keswick $15 - $33
Springwater Golf Course
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Minesing $28.47
Trehaven Golf & Country Club
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Hawkestone $30.97
Wilds at Cedar Valley Golf Course Essa $23
Simoro Golf Links
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Barrie $11.06
Innisbrook Golf Course Barrie $30 - $44
Huntsville Downs Golf Club Huntsville $42 - $69
Klondike at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $12
Frontier at Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club
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Shanty Bay $12
Deer Run Golf Course Parry Sound $29.95 - $39.95
CFB Borden Golf Club - Circled Pine
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Borden $28
Cedarhurst Golf Club
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Beaverton $26 - $40
Marlwood Golf and Country Club
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Wasaga Beach $19.95
Muskoka Bay Club Gravenhurst $159 - $189
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club - Hawk's Island Course Orillia $35
Cobble Beach Golf Links Kemble $59 - $155
The Links at Georgian Sands
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Wasaga Beach $21.5
Batteaux Creek Golf Club
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Nottawa $35
Sauble Golf & Country Club Hepworth $45 - $55
Taboo Resort Golf & Spa
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Gravenhurst $75 - $175
Deerhurst Resort - Highlands
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Huntsville $95
Big Bay Point Golf & Country Club Innisfil N/A
Pinewoods Golf Centre Sauble Beach $23.00 - $30.50
Lake Joseph Course at The Lake Joseph Club Port Carling $40 - $55
Stone Tree Golf & Fitness Club Owen Sound $39.99 - $69.99
Allandale Golf Course Innisfil $20.00 - $28.85
Gravenhurst KOA Golf Course Gravenhurst $7
Eastbourne Golf Club Keswick $25
Meaford Golf & Country Club Meaford $30.97 - $46.90
North Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $22
Seguin Valley Golf & Country Club Seguin $55 - $85
Blue Mountain Golf & Country Club Collingwood $40 - $70
Briars Golf Club Jacksons Point $50 - $70
Lyndhurst Golf Course Baldwin $20 - $44
Pine View Golf Club Barrie $22 - $34
Midland Golf & Country Club Midland $65 - $75
Mad River Golf Club Creemore $125
Townsend Lake Golf Course Markdale N/A
Tomahawk Golf Course Thornbury $8
Bangor Lodge Golf Club Bracebridge N/A
Island/South Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Grandview Golf Club - The Inn Course Huntsville $20 - $25
Whispering Pines Golf Course Huntsville $15 - $40
Academy Course at The Lake Joseph Club Port Carling $20 - $25
Monterra Golf Course Collingwood $39 - $79
Central/Island Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Southampton Golf & Country Club Southampton $45 - $55
Lakeview House Golf Course Jacksons Point $12 - $15
Scenic City Golf Course Owen Sound $24.78 - $55.76
Beaumaris Golf Club Beaumaris N/A
Orr Lake Golf Club Elmvale $24.95 - $39.95
Still Valley Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
South Muskoka Curling & Golf Club Bracebridge $33 - $75
Bracebridge Golf Club Bracebridge $20 - $35
Short West at Brooklea Golf & Country Club Midland $17.70 - $26.55
Landings of Willow Creek Golf Course Barrie $17 - $25
Oviinbyrd Golf Club Foots Bay N/A
Port Carling Golf & Country Club Port Carling N/A
Ferns Golf Course Markdale $34 - $42
Muskoka Highlands Golf Course Bracebridge $40 - $45
Muskoka Woodlands Golf Course Foot's Bay $36 - $48
Pines of Georgina Golf Course Pefferlaw $23
South/Central Course at Bear Creek Golf Club Utopia $52.99 - $69.99
Sands Golf Course Gravenhurst $25 - $49
Balm Beachway Golf Club Perkinsfield $23 - $40
Duntroon Highlands Golf Club Duntroon $49.52
South Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $22
Park/Island at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Wiarton Golf Club Wiarton $18.99 - $33.99
Willow Greens Golf Club Jacksons Point N/A
National Pines Golf Club Innisfil $60 - $90
Chesley Lake Camp Golf Course Allenford $10 - $15
Legacy Ridge Golf Club Owen Sound $39 - $85
Evergreen Golf Centre Washago $13
Braestone Club Orillia $30 - $55
Sand Hills Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Homestead Nine at Vespra Hills Golf Club Midhurst $35
Park/River at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Fairways at Kirrie Glen Bracebridge $30 - $35
Couchiching Golf & Country Club Orillia $17 - $25
Island/River at Bonaire Golf & Country Club Coldwater $22.12 - $57.50
Nest at Friday Harbour Innisfil $140
OslerBrook Golf & Country Club Collingwood $49 - $95
Rocky Crest Golf Club Mactier $40 - $55
Georgian Bay Golf Club Clarksburg N/A
Muskoka Lakes Golf & Country Club Port Carling N/A
Barrie Country Club Barrie $38 - $68
West Course at Lake St. George Golf Club Washago $22
Maple Hills Golf Course Minett $24
Big Cedar Golf & Country Club Innisfil $17.69 - $32.73
Grandview Golf Resort Huntsville $40 - $55
Cedar Links Golf Centre Barrie $16
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