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