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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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Course City Rates from
Rebel Creek Golf Club
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Petersburgh $46.06
Oakwood Resort
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Grand Bend $17
18-hole Course at Forest Golf & Country Hotel
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Forest $23
Championship Course at Doon Valley Golf Club
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Kitchener $14.99
Grey Silo Golf Course
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Waterloo $46
Forest City National Golf Club
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London $35.4
Quarry at Fanshawe Golf Course
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London $14
Traditional at Fanshawe Golf Course
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London $14.99
River Road Golf Course
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London $14.99
Beaverdale Golf Club
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Cambridge $18
Blue Course at Foxwood Golf Club
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Baden $25
Gold Course at Brookfield Country Club
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Cambridge $25
Wingham Golf Club & Curling Club
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Wingham $13.27
Waterloo Golf Academy
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Waterloo $15
Creekside Golf Club Woodstock $26
Tarandowah Golfers Club
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Avon $18.58
Red Course at Foxwood Golf Club
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Baden $25
Seaforth Golf Club
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Seaforth $24.99
RiverEdge Golf Club
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Kitchener $18
Cedar Creek Golf Club
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Woodstock $15
Cobble Hills Golf and Ski Club
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Thamesford $25
Blackhorse Golf & Country Club Kincardine $30 - $52
Blue Course at Brookfield Country Club
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Cambridge $25
Hickory 9 at Thames Valley Golf Course
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London $9.99
Championship at Goderich Sunset Golf Club Goderich $35 - $40
Dorchester Golf Club
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Dorchester $25
Sawmill Creek Golf Resort & Spa Camlachie $25 - $37
Ironwood Golf Club Exeter $32.00 - $59.43
Burford Golf Links
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Burford $13.89
Short Course at Doon Valley Golf Club
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Kitchener $14.99
Crumlin Creek Golf Club
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London $12
Brant Valley Golf Club
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St George $19
Fox Golf Club
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Granton $28
White Course at Foxwood Golf Club
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Baden $25
Pine Knot Golf & Country Club
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Dorchester $14.99
South Nine at Fergus Golf Club
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Fergus $15
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Pines Nine
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Ariss $19
Goose Run/Moors at Conestoga Golf & Country Club
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Conestogo $31
Guelph Country Club
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Guelph $12
Classic 18 at Thames Valley Golf Course
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London $16.99
The Oaks of St. George
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Paris $28
Hickory Ridge Golf & Country Club
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London $28
Red Course at Brookfield Country Club
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Cambridge $25
Tamarack Ridge Golf Club
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Putnam $22.12
River Valley Golf & Country Club St Marys $20 - $30
Ingersoll Golf & Country Club
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Ingersoll $29
Mount Elgin Golf Club Mount Elgin $12.83 - $28.76
East/West at Fergus Golf Club
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Fergus $15
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Willows Nine
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Ariss $19
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Heritage/Millennium Course Listowel $30 - $45
Willow's Golf & Country Club
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London $20
Maitland Club
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Goderich $6.99
Victoria Park East Golf Club
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Guelph $29
Cambridge Golf Club
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Cambridge $21
Rockway Golf Course
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Kitchener $23.5
Dundee Country Club
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New Dundee $31
Goose Run/Village at Conestoga Golf & Country Club
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Conestogo $31
Sand Hills Golf Resort
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Thedford $17
Echo Valley Golf Club London $29.20 - $33.62
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Lakes Nine
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Ariss $19
Village/Moors at Conestoga Golf & Country Club
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Conestogo $31
Woodlands Links Golf Course
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Clinton $12
Savannah Golf Links
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Cambridge $20
Greenhills Golf Club
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London $38.99
Wildwinds Golf Links
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Rockwood $19.99
St. Marys Golf & Country Club
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St Marys $19.99
Robinson at Sunningdale Golf & Country Club London $65 - $100
Twin Streams Golf Course Delaware $19 - $40
Widder Station Golf & Country Club Thedford $30
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Millennium/Vintage Course Listowel $30 - $45
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Vintage/Heritage Course Listowel $30 - $45
Westhill Meadows Golf Course Waterloo $17.50
Short Lake at Pike Lake Golf & Country Club Clifford $23 - $33
Mount Forest Golf & Country Club Ayton $15.00 - $24.00
Whistle Bear Golf Club Cambridge $60 - $110
Exeter Golf Club Exeter $17.70 - $25.00
Fescue’s Edge Golf Course Scotland $20 - $30
Guelph Lakes Golf & Country Club Guelph $49 - $65
Happy Hills Resort Embro $12 - $15
Cedarbrook Gardens Golf London $7
Maple Ridge Golf Club London $36
Bear Creek Golf & Country Club Strathroy $30 - $40
Northridge Golf Course Brantford $30
Grand Valley Golf & Country Club Cambridge $10 - $59
Elmira Golf Club Elmira $52.99 - $68.98
Oxbow Glen Golf & Country Club Komoka $28 - $42
Sally Creek Golf Club & Bistro Woodstock $21.50 - $31.50
London Hunt & Country Club London $75
Huron Oaks Golf Course Bright's Grove $30 - $53
Baby Boomer Par-3 at Goderich Sunset Golf Club Goderich $20 - $25
Our Ponderosa RV & Golf Resort Forest $17
Parkside at Fanshawe Golf Course London $15 - $20
Galt Country Club Cambridge N/A
Stonehaven Golf Course Embro $17 - $35
Brantford Golf & Country Club Brantford N/A
Pitch & Putt Course at Doon Valley Golf Club Kitchener $8.50
Indian Hills Golf Club Lambton Shores $20 - $45
Caradoc Sands Golf Course Strathroy $30.53 - $58.85
Meadow Land Golf Club Orangeville $22
East Park Golf Gardens London $20 - $38
Championship Links at Pike Lake Golf & Country Club Clifford $40 - $65
Woodstock Meadows Golf Centre Woodstock $32 - $64
Camlachie Golf & Country Club Camlachie $40
Thompson at Sunningdale Golf & Country Club London $65 - $100
Arrowdale Golf Course Brantford $16
Cutten Fields Guelph $94 - $141
Deer Ridge Golf Course Kitchener $60 - $120
Otter Creek Golf Club
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Otterville $26
9-hole Course at Forest Golf & Country Hotel Forest $10 - $20
Bright's Grove Golf Club Brights Grove $10 - $32
Glen Ridge Golf Kitchener $4 - $11
Red/White at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Tavistock Golf Course Tavistock $27 - $49
Craigowan Golf Club Woodstock $40 - $70
Westminster Trails Golf Club London $25 - $30
Senjan Golf Club Elora N/A
Bluewater Golf Course & Campground Bluewater $26 - $46
FireRock Golf Club Komoka $44.25 - $75.22
Greenwood Golf Club Sarnia $20 - $40
Stratford Municipal Golf Course Stratford $20 - $32
Llyndinshire Golf & Country Club Middlesex Centre $24 - $48
Pitch & Putt at Woodstock Meadows Golf Club Woodstock $7.50
West Haven Golf & Country Club London N/A
RiverBend Golf Club London $90
Innerkip Highlands Golf Club Innerkip $50
Red/Blue at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Mitchell Golf & Country Club West Perth $38 - $73
Apollo Valley Golf Club Lynden $12 - $22
Westmount Golf & Country Club Kitchener N/A
Puslinch Lake Golf Course Cambridge $35.00 - $64.00
Greystone Golf Course Sarnia N/A
Bayview Golf Club Zurich $35 - $50
White/Blue at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Stratford Country Club Stratford $40 - $50
Oaks Golf & Country Club Delaware $85 - $104
Science Hill Country Club St Marys $31
Arkona Fairways Golf Course Arkona $25 - $40
Highland Country Club London N/A
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