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