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