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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
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
Oakwood Resort
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Grand Bend $19.99
Rebel Creek Golf Club
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Petersburgh $41
Championship Course at Doon Valley Golf Club
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Kitchener $24
Brant Valley Golf Club
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St George $18
RiverEdge Golf Club
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Kitchener $18
Echo Valley Golf Club London $29.20 - $33.62
Willow's Golf & Country Club
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London $20
Tarandowah Golfers Club
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Avon $18.58
Beaverdale Golf Club
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Cambridge $22
River Valley Golf & Country Club St Marys $20 - $30
Tamarack Ridge Golf Club
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Putnam $17.7
Red Course at Brookfield Country Club
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Cambridge $24
The Oaks of St. George
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Paris $30
Ironwood Golf Club Exeter $32.00 - $59.43
Greenhills Golf Club
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London $57.34
Mount Elgin Golf Club Mount Elgin $12.83 - $28.76
Sawmill Creek Golf Resort & Spa Camlachie $25 - $37
Creekside Golf Club Woodstock $26
East/West at Fergus Golf Club
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Fergus $15
Fox Golf Club
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Granton $25
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
Guelph Country Club
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Guelph $12
Hickory 9 at Thames Valley Golf Course
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London $9.99
Wingham Golf Club & Curling Club
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Wingham $15
Cedar Creek Golf Club
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Woodstock $17
Dundee Country Club
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New Dundee $33
Blackhorse Golf & Country Club Kincardine $30 - $52
White Course at Foxwood Golf Club
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Baden $28
Championship at Goderich Sunset Golf Club Goderich $35 - $40
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Pines Nine
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Ariss $24
Wildwinds Golf Links
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Rockwood $22.12
Blue Course at Brookfield Country Club
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Cambridge $24
Hickory Ridge Golf & Country Club
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London $33
Goose Run/Village at Conestoga Golf & Country Club
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Conestogo $26
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Lakes Nine
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Ariss $24
Blue Course at Foxwood Golf Club
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Baden $28
Seaforth Golf Club
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Seaforth $20
Victoria Park East Golf Club
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Guelph $24.25
Red Course at Foxwood Golf Club
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Baden $28
Burford Golf Links
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Burford $19
Woodlands Links Golf Course
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Clinton $14
Traditional at Fanshawe Golf Course
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London $14.99
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Willows Nine
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Ariss $24
Savannah Golf Links
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Cambridge $22.12
Dorchester Golf Club
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Dorchester $25
Sand Hills Golf Resort
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Thedford $17
South Nine at Fergus Golf Club
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Fergus $15
Pine Knot Golf & Country Club
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Dorchester $14.99
Maitland Club
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Goderich $6.99
Cobble Hills Golf and Ski Club
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Thamesford $18
Rockway Golf Course
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Kitchener $24
Short Course at Doon Valley Golf Club
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Kitchener $24
Ingersoll Golf & Country Club
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Ingersoll $19
Waterloo Golf Academy
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Waterloo $15
Cambridge Golf Club
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Cambridge $25
St. Marys Golf & Country Club
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St Marys $32
Crumlin Creek Golf Club
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London $10
Village/Moors at Conestoga Golf & Country Club
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Conestogo $26
River Road Golf Course
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London $14.99
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Heritage/Millennium Course Listowel $30 - $45
London Hunt & Country Club London $75
White/Blue at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Greenwood Golf Club Sarnia $20 - $40
Senjan Golf Club Elora N/A
Westminster Trails Golf Club London $25 - $30
Thompson at Sunningdale Golf & Country Club London $65 - $100
Westmount Golf & Country Club Kitchener N/A
Happy Hills Resort Embro $12 - $15
Apollo Valley Golf Club Lynden $12 - $22
9-hole Course at Forest Golf & Country Hotel Forest $10 - $20
Parkside at Fanshawe Golf Course London $15 - $20
Glen Ridge Golf Kitchener $4 - $11
Greystone Golf Course Sarnia N/A
Caradoc Sands Golf Course Strathroy $30.53 - $58.85
Highland Country Club London N/A
West Haven Golf & Country Club London N/A
Bayview Golf Club Zurich $35 - $50
Mount Forest Golf & Country Club Ayton $15.00 - $24.00
Arkona Fairways Golf Course Arkona $25 - $40
Indian Hills Golf Club Lambton Shores $20 - $45
Westhill Meadows Golf Course Waterloo $17.50
Exeter Golf Club Exeter $17.70 - $25.00
Cedarbrook Gardens Golf London $7
Stonehaven Golf Course Embro $17 - $35
Mitchell Golf & Country Club West Perth $38 - $73
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Millennium/Vintage Course Listowel $30 - $45
Meadow Land Golf Club Orangeville $22
Guelph Lakes Golf & Country Club Guelph $49 - $65
East Park Golf Gardens London $20 - $38
Pitch & Putt Course at Doon Valley Golf Club Kitchener $8.50
Camlachie Golf & Country Club Camlachie $40
Short Lake at Pike Lake Golf & Country Club Clifford $23 - $33
Bluewater Golf Course & Campground Bluewater $26 - $46
Championship Links at Pike Lake Golf & Country Club Clifford $40 - $65
Huron Oaks Golf Course Bright's Grove $30 - $53
Tavistock Golf Course Tavistock $27 - $49
Otter Creek Golf Club
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Otterville $35
Widder Station Golf & Country Club Thedford $30
Bright's Grove Golf Club Brights Grove $10 - $32
Stratford Country Club Stratford $40 - $50
Red/White at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Whistle Bear Golf Club Cambridge $60 - $110
Red/Blue at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Pitch & Putt at Woodstock Meadows Golf Club Woodstock $7.50
Arrowdale Golf Course Brantford $16
Maple Ridge Golf Club London $36
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Vintage/Heritage Course Listowel $30 - $45
Science Hill Country Club St Marys $31
Grand Valley Golf & Country Club Cambridge $10 - $59
Sally Creek Golf Club & Bistro Woodstock $21.50 - $31.50
Elmira Golf Club Elmira $52.99 - $68.98
Twin Streams Golf Course Delaware $19 - $40
Brantford Golf & Country Club Brantford N/A
Our Ponderosa RV & Golf Resort Forest $17
Northridge Golf Course Brantford $30
Llyndinshire Golf & Country Club Middlesex Centre $24 - $48
Bear Creek Golf & Country Club Strathroy $30 - $40
Fescue’s Edge Golf Course Scotland $20 - $30
Puslinch Lake Golf Course Cambridge $35.00 - $64.00
Woodstock Meadows Golf Centre Woodstock $32 - $64
Innerkip Highlands Golf Club Innerkip $50
FireRock Golf Club Komoka $49.00 - $70.80
Stratford Municipal Golf Course Stratford $20 - $32
Cutten Fields Guelph $94 - $141
Galt Country Club Cambridge N/A
Deer Ridge Golf Course Kitchener $60 - $120
Oxbow Glen Golf & Country Club Komoka $28 - $42
Oaks Golf & Country Club Delaware $85 - $104
Craigowan Golf Club Woodstock $40 - $70
Baby Boomer Par-3 at Goderich Sunset Golf Club Goderich $20 - $25
RiverBend Golf Club London $90
Robinson at Sunningdale Golf & Country Club London $65 - $100
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