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