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