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