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