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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
Oakwood Inn Resort & Golf
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Grand Bend $17
Quarry at Fanshawe Golf Course
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London $14
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
Forest City National Golf Club
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London $35.4
Rebel Creek Golf Club
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Petersburgh $46.06
Grey Silo Golf Course
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Waterloo $46
Rockway Golf Course
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Kitchener $23.5
Classic 18 at Thames Valley Golf Course
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London $16.99
Blue Course at Foxwood Golf Club
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Baden $25
Victoria Park East Golf Club
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Guelph $29
Wingham Golf Club & Curling Club
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Wingham $13.27
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Heritage/Millennium Course Listowel $30 - $45
South Nine at Fergus Golf Club
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Fergus $15
River Road Golf Course
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London $14.99
Village/Moors at Conestoga Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conestogo $31
Red Course at Foxwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Baden $25
Sawmill Creek Golf Resort & Spa Camlachie $25 - $40
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Lakes Nine
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Ariss $19
Ingersoll Golf & Country Club
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Ingersoll $29
Savannah Golf Links
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Cambridge $20
Short Course at Doon Valley Golf Club
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Kitchener $14.99
Fox Golf Club
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Granton $28
Hickory 9 at Thames Valley Golf Course
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London $9.99
Ironwood Golf Club Exeter $32.00 - $59.43
Tamarack Ridge Golf Club
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Putnam $22.12
Cedar Creek Golf Club
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Woodstock $15
Red Course at Brookfield Country Club
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Cambridge $25
Echo Valley Golf Club London $29.20 - $33.62
RiverEdge Golf Club
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Kitchener $18
Championship at Goderich Sunset Golf Club Goderich $35 - $40
White Course at Foxwood Golf Club
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Baden $25
Wildwinds Golf Links
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Rockwood $19.99
Maitland Club
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Goderich $6.99
Blue Course at Brookfield Country Club
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Cambridge $25
Mount Elgin Golf Club Mount Elgin $12.83 - $28.76
Dorchester Golf Club
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Dorchester $25
St. Marys Golf & Country Club
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St Marys $19.99
Gold Course at Brookfield Country Club
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Cambridge $25
Sand Hills Golf Resort
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Thedford $17
Brant Valley Golf Club
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St George $19
Traditional at Fanshawe Golf Course
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London $14.99
Willow's Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
London $20
Goose Run/Village at Conestoga Golf & Country Club
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Conestogo $31
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Pines Nine
Tee Times
Ariss $19
Waterloo Golf Academy
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Waterloo $15
Pine Knot Golf & Country Club
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Dorchester $14.99
Crumlin Creek Golf Club
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London $12
Seaforth Golf Club
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Seaforth $24.99
Goose Run/Moors at Conestoga Golf & Country Club
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Conestogo $31
Creekside Golf Club Woodstock $26
Cobble Hills Golf and Ski Club
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Thamesford $25
East/West at Fergus Golf Club
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Fergus $15
Dundee Country Club
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New Dundee $31
Guelph Country Club
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Guelph $12
Burford Golf Links
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Burford $13.89
Hickory Ridge Golf & Country Club
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London $28
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Willows Nine
Tee Times
Ariss $19
Paris Grand Golf Course
Tee Times
Paris $24.95
Cambridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Cambridge $21
Tarandowah Golfers Club
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Avon $18.58
The Oaks of St. George
Tee Times
Paris $28
River Valley Golf & Country Club St Marys $20 - $30
Woodlands Links Golf Course
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Clinton $12
Blackhorse Golf & Country Club Kincardine $30 - $52
Greenhills Golf Club
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London $38.99
Beaverdale Golf Club
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Cambridge $18
Bluewater Golf Course & Campground Bluewater $26 - $46
Westhill Meadows Golf Course Waterloo $17.50
Happy Hills Resort Embro $12 - $15
Cedarbrook Gardens Golf London $7
Caradoc Sands Golf Course Strathroy $30.53 - $58.85
Westmount Golf & Country Club Kitchener N/A
Innerkip Highlands Golf Club Innerkip $50
Pitch & Putt Course at Doon Valley Golf Club Kitchener $8.50
East Park Golf Gardens London $20 - $38
Northridge Golf Course Brantford $30
RiverBend Golf Club London $90
Stratford Municipal Golf Course Stratford $20 - $32
Greenwood Golf Club Sarnia $20 - $40
Stratford Country Club Stratford $40 - $50
Highland Country Club London N/A
Oxbow Glen Golf & Country Club Komoka $28 - $42
Whistle Bear Golf Club Cambridge $60 - $110
Meadow Land Golf Club Orangeville $22
FireRock Golf Club Middlesex Centre $44.25 - $75.22
Mitchell Golf & Country Club West Perth $38 - $73
Bear Creek Golf & Country Club Strathroy $30 - $40
Craigowan Golf Club Woodstock $40 - $80
Bright's Grove Golf Club Brights Grove $10 - $32
Huron Oaks Golf Course Bright's Grove $30 - $53
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Vintage/Heritage Course Listowel $30 - $45
Mount Forest Golf & Country Club Ayton $15.00 - $24.00
Tavistock Golf Course Tavistock $27 - $49
London Hunt & Country Club London $75
Woodstock Meadows Golf Centre Woodstock $32 - $64
Arkona Fairways Golf Course Arkona $25 - $40
Robinson at Sunningdale Golf & Country Club London N/A
Llyndinshire Golf & Country Club Middlesex Centre $24 - $48
Parkside at Fanshawe Golf Course London $15 - $20
Stonehaven Golf Course Embro $17 - $35
Cutten Fields Guelph $94 - $141
Maple Ridge Golf Club London $36
Guelph Lakes Golf & Country Club Guelph $49 - $65
Red/White at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Grand Valley Golf & Country Club Cambridge $10 - $59
Bayview Golf Club Zurich $35 - $50
Championship Links at Pike Lake Golf & Country Club Clifford $40 - $65
Puslinch Lake Golf Course Cambridge $35.00 - $64.00
Camlachie Golf & Country Club Camlachie $40
Red/Blue at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Glen Ridge Golf Kitchener $4 - $11
Sally Creek Golf Club & Bistro Woodstock $21.50 - $31.50
Arrowdale Golf Course Brantford $16
Oaks Golf & Country Club Delaware $85 - $104
Apollo Valley Golf Club Lynden $12 - $22
Fescue’s Edge Golf Course Scotland $20 - $30
Galt Country Club Cambridge N/A
Thompson at Sunningdale Golf & Country Club London N/A
Twin Streams Golf Course Delaware $19 - $40
Deer Ridge Golf Course Kitchener $60 - $120
Widder Station Golf & Country Club Thedford $30
Short Lake at Pike Lake Golf & Country Club Clifford $23 - $33
Our Ponderosa RV & Golf Resort Forest $17
Greystone Golf Course Sarnia N/A
White/Blue at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Elmira Golf Club Elmira $52.99 - $68.98
Westminster Trails Golf Club London $25 - $30
Pitch & Putt at Woodstock Meadows Golf Club Woodstock $7.50
West Haven Golf & Country Club London N/A
Senjan Golf Club Elora N/A
Science Hill Country Club St Marys $31
Indian Hills Golf Club Lambton Shores $20 - $45
Baby Boomer Par-3 at Goderich Sunset Golf Club Goderich $20 - $25
9-hole Course at Forest Golf & Country Hotel Forest $10 - $20
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Millennium/Vintage Course Listowel $30 - $45
Otter Creek Golf Club
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Otterville $26
Brantford Golf & Country Club Brantford N/A
Exeter Golf Club Exeter $17.70 - $25.00
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