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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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Championship Course at Doon Valley Golf Club
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Kitchener $24
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
18-hole Course at Forest Golf & Country Hotel
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Forest $16
Quarry at Fanshawe Golf Course
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London $19
Forest City National Golf Club
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London $39.99
Willow's Golf & Country Club
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London $20
Tarandowah Golfers Club
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Avon $18.58
Westminster Trails Golf Club London $44
Wingham Golf Club & Curling Club
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Wingham $15
Blue Course at Foxwood Golf Club
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Baden $28
Championship at Goderich Sunset Golf Club Goderich $35 - $40
Short Course at Doon Valley Golf Club
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Kitchener $24
Beaverdale Golf Club
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Cambridge $22
Greenhills Golf Club
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London $57.34
Creekside Golf Club Woodstock $26
Red Course at Brookfield Country Club
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Cambridge $24
Rockway Golf Course
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Kitchener $24
Echo Valley Golf Club London $29.20 - $33.62
Dundee Country Club
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New Dundee $33
Pine Knot Golf & Country Club
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Dorchester $14.99
Hickory Ridge Golf & Country Club
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London $33
Red Course at Foxwood Golf Club
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Baden $28
Seaforth Golf Club
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Seaforth $20
Exeter Golf Club Exeter $17.70 - $25.00
River Valley Golf & Country Club St Marys $20 - $30
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Heritage/Millennium Course Listowel $30 - $45
Classic 18 at Thames Valley Golf Course
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London $16.99
Cedar Creek Golf Club
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Woodstock $17
Fox Golf Club
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Granton $25
Burford Golf Links
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Burford $19
Blue Course at Brookfield Country Club
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Cambridge $24
Blackhorse Golf & Country Club Kincardine $30 - $52
Hickory 9 at Thames Valley Golf Course
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London $9.99
Village/Moors at Conestoga Golf & Country Club
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Conestogo $26
Sand Hills Golf Resort
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Thedford $17
Ingersoll Golf & Country Club
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Ingersoll $19
Crumlin Creek Golf Club
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London $10
Tamarack Ridge Golf Club
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Putnam $17.7
Sawmill Creek Golf Resort & Spa Camlachie $25 - $37
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Willows Nine
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Ariss $24
South Nine at Fergus Golf Club
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Fergus $15
Maitland Club
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Goderich $6.99
Woodlands Links Golf Course
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Clinton $14
Ironwood Golf Club Exeter $28 - $38
Gold Course at Brookfield Country Club
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Cambridge $24
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Lakes Nine
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Ariss $24
East/West at Fergus Golf Club
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Fergus $15
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Pines Nine
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Ariss $24
RiverEdge Golf Club
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Kitchener $18
Goose Run/Village at Conestoga Golf & Country Club
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Conestogo $26
Goose Run/Moors at Conestoga Golf & Country Club
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Conestogo $26
Mitchell Golf & Country Club West Perth $38 - $73
Waterloo Golf Academy
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Waterloo $15
Savannah Golf Links
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Cambridge $22.12
Dorchester Golf Club
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Dorchester $25
East Park Golf Gardens London $23 - $28
Victoria Park East Golf Club
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Guelph $24.25
Brant Valley Golf Club
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St George $18
Traditional at Fanshawe Golf Course
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London $14.99
Wildwinds Golf Links
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Rockwood $22.12
The Oaks of St. George
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Paris $30
White Course at Foxwood Golf Club
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Baden $28
St. Marys Golf & Country Club
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St Marys $32
Mount Elgin Golf Club Mount Elgin $12.83 - $28.76
Cobble Hills Golf and Ski Club
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Thamesford $18
Cambridge Golf Club
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Cambridge $25
River Road Golf Course
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London $14.99
Guelph Country Club
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Guelph $12
Galt Country Club Cambridge N/A
Cutten Fields Guelph $94 - $141
Maple Ridge Golf Club London $36
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Vintage/Heritage Course Listowel $30 - $45
Brantford Golf & Country Club Brantford N/A
London Hunt & Country Club London $75
9-hole Course at Forest Golf & Country Hotel Forest $10 - $20
Oaks Golf & Country Club Delaware $85 - $104
Indian Hills Golf Club Lambton Shores $20 - $45
Otter Creek Golf Club
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Otterville $35
Innerkip Highlands Golf Club Innerkip $50
Red/Blue at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Millennium/Vintage Course Listowel $30 - $45
White/Blue at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Whistle Bear Golf Club Cambridge $60 - $110
Twin Streams Golf Course Delaware $19 - $40
Senjan Golf Club Elora N/A
Pitch & Putt at Woodstock Meadows Golf Club Woodstock $7.50
Greenwood Golf Club Sarnia $20 - $40
Bear Creek Golf & Country Club Strathroy $30 - $40
Huron Oaks Golf Course Bright's Grove $30 - $53
Grand Valley Golf & Country Club Cambridge $10 - $59
Meadow Land Golf Club Orangeville $22
FireRock Golf Club Komoka $49.00 - $70.80
Bright's Grove Golf Club Brights Grove $10 - $32
Our Ponderosa RV & Golf Resort Forest $17
Mount Forest Golf & Country Club Ayton $15.00 - $24.00
Northridge Golf Course Brantford $30
Oxbow Glen Golf & Country Club Komoka $28 - $42
Caradoc Sands Golf Course Strathroy $30.53 - $58.85
Short Lake at Pike Lake Golf & Country Club Clifford $14.50 - $25.20
Woodstock Meadows Golf Centre Woodstock $32 - $64
Puslinch Lake Golf Course Cambridge $35.00 - $64.00
Greystone Golf Course Sarnia N/A
Red/White at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Deer Ridge Golf Course Kitchener $60 - $120
Robinson at Sunningdale Golf & Country Club London $65 - $100
Cedarbrook Gardens Golf London $7
Arrowdale Golf Course Brantford $16
Llyndinshire Golf & Country Club Middlesex Centre $24 - $48
Bluewater Golf Course & Campground Bluewater $26 - $46
Arkona Fairways Golf Course Arkona $25 - $40
Stratford Municipal Golf Course Stratford $20 - $32
Craigowan Golf Club Woodstock $40 - $72
Championship Links at Pike Lake Golf & Country Club Clifford $26.99 - $52.50
Stratford Country Club Stratford $40 - $50
Baby Boomer Par-3 at Goderich Sunset Golf Club Goderich $20 - $25
Westhill Meadows Golf Course Waterloo $17.50
Widder Station Golf & Country Club Thedford $30
Parkside at Fanshawe Golf Course London $15 - $20
RiverBend Golf Club London $90
Tavistock Golf Course Tavistock $27 - $49
Guelph Lakes Golf & Country Club Guelph $49 - $65
Highland Country Club London N/A
West Haven Golf & Country Club London N/A
Elmira Golf Club Elmira $52.99 - $68.98
Westmount Golf & Country Club Kitchener N/A
Thompson at Sunningdale Golf & Country Club London $65 - $100
Glen Ridge Golf Kitchener $4 - $11
Fescue’s Edge Golf Course Scotland $20 - $30
White Squirrel Golf Club Zurich $35 - $50
Camlachie Golf & Country Club Camlachie $40
Stonehaven Golf Course Embro $17 - $35
Happy Hills Resort Embro $12 - $15
Pitch & Putt Course at Doon Valley Golf Club Kitchener $9.25
Science Hill Country Club St Marys $31
Springview Farm Golf Course Waterford $27.50 - $31.50
Apollo Valley Golf Club Lynden $12 - $22
Sally Creek Golf Club & Bistro Woodstock $20.13
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