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Destination: Kitchener

Long a key business and industrial hub, Kitchener remains as important to the Ontario and wider Canadian economies as it has been since the country was in its infancy.

Back then, meat and liquor manufacturers primed the pump -- if you took a drink in a Prohibition speakeasy it may well have come from a plant in Kitchener -- but now the insurance industry and Research in Motion have a similar effect, though manufacturing still retains a strong presence.

The region has gained most of its attention in recent years because it is the seat of RIM and the BlackBerry device that revolutionized how the world stays connected. If you're more into sports, Kitchener is also the area that the NHL could be targeting for future expansion plans because it lies just outside the territorial exemption zone granted to both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres. But major junior hockey flourishes here as the Rangers are perhaps the most distinguished club in all of central Canada and have sent many eventual Hall of Famers to the pros.

The recreational sports culture in Kitchener is as strong as any community around and that is evident in how many Canadian Olympians and champions outside of hockey -- former world heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis being the best example -- hail from the area.

Perhaps the appeal of Kitchener lies in its sheer size and scope. If its twin city of Waterloo and the general "Tri-Cities" area are taken into account, the region has just a shade under 500,000 people. With that type of population base, the diversity of the area is quite extensive. There are two world-class universities in the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University and the largest Oktoberfest festival outside of Germany takes place in Kitchener, a nod to the Germanic presence that still pervades the area more than a century after immigrants came here. Another quirky feature of Kitchener lies just outside town where a thriving Mennonite community still lives in much the same way their forefathers did centuries ago. Outside of town also lies the pretty village of St. Jacob's, an arts and crafts mecca where locals and tourist flock to, particularly in the autumn. Elora Gorge is likely the area's most notable geographical landmark and a nice anecdote for outdoorsy types.

Golf has a long history in the area. The LPGA conducts the second of two Canadian stops on its schedule at Grey Silo in Waterloo not far from where the locals widely supported the now defunct Nationwide Tour stop at the private Whistle Bear Golf Club. Rebel Creek Golf Club in the tiny village of Petersburgh is a fun but plenty difficult setup. Though well outside of town and up to an hour away, Tarandowah Golfers Club, Otter Creek Golf Club and FireRock Golf Club (which is actually closer to London), combine to offer a varied, high-end golf experience but all are reasonably priced.

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Courses

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Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Pines Nine
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Ariss $24
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Lakes Nine
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Ariss $24
Championship Course at Doon Valley Golf Club
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Kitchener $24
Ingersoll Golf & Country Club
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Ingersoll $19
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Willows Nine
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Ariss $24
Quarry at Fanshawe Golf Course
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London $19
Short Course at Doon Valley Golf Club
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Kitchener $24
St. Marys Golf & Country Club
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St Marys $32
Puslinch Lake Golf Course Cambridge $35.00 - $64.00
Guelph Country Club
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Guelph $12
Victoria Park East Golf Club
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Guelph $24.25
Rockway Golf Course
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Kitchener $24
Wildwinds Golf Links
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Rockwood $22.12
Sawmill Creek Golf Resort & Spa
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Camlachie $25 - $37
Otter Creek Golf Club
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Otterville $35
Tamarack Ridge Golf Club
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Putnam $17.7
Wingham Golf Club & Curling Club
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Wingham $15
Championship at Goderich Sunset Golf Club
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Goderich $35 - $40
Woodlands Links Golf Course
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Clinton $14
Savannah Golf Links
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Cambridge $22.12
Pine Knot Golf & Country Club
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Dorchester $14.99
Tarandowah Golfers Club
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Avon $18.58
Elmira Golf Club Elmira $52.99 - $68.98
Classic 18 at Thames Valley Golf Course
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London $16.99
Grand Valley Golf & Country Club Cambridge $10 - $59
Maitland Club
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Goderich $6.99
Dorchester Golf Club
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Dorchester $25
Craigowan Golf Club Woodstock $40 - $72
Crumlin Creek Golf Club
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London $10
Cambridge Golf Club
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Cambridge $25
Traditional at Fanshawe Golf Course
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London $14.99
Seaforth Golf Club
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Seaforth $20
Hickory 9 at Thames Valley Golf Course
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London $9.99
Mitchell Golf & Country Club
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West Perth $38 - $73
Stonehaven Golf Course Embro $17 - $35
Cobble Hills Golf and Ski Club
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Thamesford $18
Woodstock Meadows Golf Centre Woodstock $32 - $64
Springview Farm Golf Course Waterford $27.50 - $31.50
Fescue’s Edge Golf Course Scotland $20 - $30
Short Lake at Pike Lake Golf & Country Club Clifford $14.50 - $25.20
Bear Creek Golf & Country Club Strathroy $30 - $40
Hickory Ridge Golf & Country Club
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London $33
18-hole Course at Forest Golf & Country Hotel
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Forest $16
River Road Golf Course
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London $14.99
Echo Valley Golf Club London $29.20 - $33.62
Northridge Golf Course Brantford $30
Goose Run/Moors at Conestoga Golf & Country Club
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Conestogo $26
Science Hill Country Club St Marys $31
Innerkip Highlands Golf Club Innerkip $50
Widder Station Golf & Country Club Thedford $30
FireRock Golf Club Komoka $49.00 - $70.80
Exeter Golf Club
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Exeter $17.70 - $25.00
Cedar Creek Golf Club
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Woodstock $17
White Squirrel Golf Club Zurich $35 - $50
Stratford Country Club Stratford $40 - $50
Maple Ridge Golf Club London $36
Huron Oaks Golf Course Bright's Grove $34 - $63
Brantford Golf & Country Club Brantford N/A
Senjan Golf Club Elora N/A
Ironwood Golf Club
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Exeter $28
Whistle Bear Golf Club Cambridge $60 - $110
Blue Course at Brookfield Country Club
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Cambridge $24
Willow's Golf & Country Club
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London $20
Oakwood Resort
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Grand Bend $19.99
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Heritage/Millennium Course Listowel $30 - $45
Sally Creek Golf Club & Bistro Woodstock $20.13
Red/White at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Guelph Lakes Golf & Country Club Guelph $49 - $65
Deer Ridge Golf Course Kitchener $60 - $120
Creekside Golf Club Woodstock $26
Fox Golf Club
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Granton $25
Greystone Golf Course Sarnia N/A
White Course at Foxwood Golf Club
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Baden $28
Goose Run/Village at Conestoga Golf & Country Club
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Conestogo $26
RiverEdge Golf Club
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Kitchener $18
Cedarbrook Gardens Golf London $7
Thompson at Sunningdale Golf & Country Club London $65 - $100
East/West at Fergus Golf Club
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Fergus $15
Parkside at Fanshawe Golf Course London $15 - $20
Galt Country Club Cambridge N/A
Waterloo Golf Academy
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Waterloo $15
Greenhills Golf Club
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London $57.34
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Vintage/Heritage Course Listowel $30 - $45
South Nine at Fergus Golf Club
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Fergus $15
Grey Silo Golf Course
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Waterloo $41
Gold Course at Brookfield Country Club
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Cambridge $24
Forest City National Golf Club
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London $39.99
Burford Golf Links
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Burford $19
Robinson at Sunningdale Golf & Country Club London $65 - $100
Indian Hills Golf Club Lambton Shores $20 - $45
Happy Hills Resort Embro $12 - $15
Village/Moors at Conestoga Golf & Country Club
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Conestogo $26
Pitch & Putt at Woodstock Meadows Golf Club Woodstock $7.50
Meadow Land Golf Club Orangeville $22
Sand Hills Golf Resort
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Thedford $17
East Park Golf Gardens
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London $23 - $28
Red Course at Brookfield Country Club
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Cambridge $24
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Millennium/Vintage Course Listowel $30 - $45
Oaks Golf & Country Club Delaware $85 - $104
London Hunt & Country Club London $75
Mount Forest Golf & Country Club Ayton $15.00 - $24.00
Arrowdale Golf Course Brantford $16
Arkona Fairways Golf Course Arkona $25 - $40
Red Course at Foxwood Golf Club
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Baden $28
Stratford Municipal Golf Course Stratford $20 - $32
Brant Valley Golf Club
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St George $18
Llyndinshire Golf & Country Club Middlesex Centre $24 - $48
RiverBend Golf Club London $90
Highland Country Club London N/A
Blue Course at Foxwood Golf Club
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Baden $28
White/Blue at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Twin Streams Golf Course Delaware $19 - $40
Bluewater Golf Course & Campground Bluewater $26 - $46
Tavistock Golf Course Tavistock $27 - $49
Baby Boomer Par-3 at Goderich Sunset Golf Club Goderich $20 - $25
Westminster Trails Golf Club
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London $44
Camlachie Golf & Country Club Camlachie $40
Cutten Fields Guelph $94 - $141
Rebel Creek Golf Club
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Petersburgh $41
River Valley Golf & Country Club St Marys $20 - $30
Pitch & Putt Course at Doon Valley Golf Club Kitchener $9.25
Our Ponderosa RV & Golf Resort Forest $17
Dundee Country Club
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New Dundee $33
West Haven Golf & Country Club London N/A
Bright's Grove Golf Club Brights Grove $10 - $32
Championship Links at Pike Lake Golf & Country Club Clifford $26.99 - $52.50
Red/Blue at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Glen Ridge Golf Kitchener $4 - $11
Mount Elgin Golf Club
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Mount Elgin $15.93
9-hole Course at Forest Golf & Country Hotel Forest $10 - $20
Apollo Valley Golf Club Lynden $12 - $22
Oxbow Glen Golf & Country Club Komoka $28 - $42
Blackhorse Golf & Country Club Kincardine $30 - $52
Caradoc Sands Golf Course Strathroy $30.53 - $58.85
Westhill Meadows Golf Course Waterloo $17.50
Westmount Golf & Country Club Kitchener N/A
Beaverdale Golf Club
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Cambridge $22
The Oaks of St. George
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Paris $30
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