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