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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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Championship Course at Doon Valley Golf Club
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Kitchener $24
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Willows Nine
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Ariss $24
Ingersoll Golf & Country Club
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Ingersoll $19
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Lakes Nine
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Ariss $24
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Pines Nine
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Ariss $24
Grand Valley Golf & Country Club Cambridge $10 - $59
Wingham Golf Club & Curling Club
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Wingham $15
Craigowan Golf Club Woodstock $40 - $72
Tamarack Ridge Golf Club
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Putnam $17.7
Puslinch Lake Golf Course Cambridge $35.00 - $64.00
Tarandowah Golfers Club
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Avon $18.58
Victoria Park East Golf Club
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Guelph $24.25
Arkona Fairways Golf Course Arkona $25 - $40
Sawmill Creek Golf Resort & Spa
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Camlachie $25 - $37
Traditional at Fanshawe Golf Course
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London $14.99
Maitland Club
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Goderich $6.99
Pine Knot Golf & Country Club
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Dorchester $14.99
Cambridge Golf Club
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Cambridge $25
Woodlands Links Golf Course
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Clinton $14
Crumlin Creek Golf Club
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London $10
St. Marys Golf & Country Club
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St Marys $32
Seaforth Golf Club
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Seaforth $20
Wildwinds Golf Links
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Rockwood $22.12
Mitchell Golf & Country Club
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West Perth $38 - $73
Otter Creek Golf Club
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Otterville $35
Guelph Country Club
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Guelph $12
Classic 18 at Thames Valley Golf Course
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London $16.99
Championship at Goderich Sunset Golf Club
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Goderich $35 - $40
Dorchester Golf Club
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Dorchester $25
Savannah Golf Links
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Cambridge $22.12
Short Course at Doon Valley Golf Club
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Kitchener $24
Elmira Golf Club Elmira $52.99 - $68.98
Quarry at Fanshawe Golf Course
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London $19
Hickory 9 at Thames Valley Golf Course
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London $9.99
Rockway Golf Course
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Kitchener $24
Stratford Country Club Stratford $40 - $50
Highland Country Club London N/A
Indian Hills Golf Club Lambton Shores $20 - $45
Happy Hills Resort Embro $12 - $15
Cedarbrook Gardens Golf London $7
Exeter Golf Club
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Exeter $17.70 - $25.00
East/West at Fergus Golf Club
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Fergus $15
Waterloo Golf Academy
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Waterloo $15
Cutten Fields Guelph $94 - $141
Gold Course at Brookfield Country Club
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Cambridge $24
Creekside Golf Club Woodstock $26
Mount Elgin Golf Club
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Mount Elgin $15.93
Forest City National Golf Club
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London $39.99
Robinson at Sunningdale Golf & Country Club London $65 - $100
The Oaks of St. George
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Paris $30
Springview Farm Golf Course Waterford $27.50 - $31.50
Baby Boomer Par-3 at Goderich Sunset Golf Club Goderich $20 - $25
Sally Creek Golf Club & Bistro Woodstock $20.13
West Haven Golf & Country Club London N/A
Senjan Golf Club Elora N/A
Bluewater Golf Course & Campground Bluewater $26 - $46
Red/Blue at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Greenhills Golf Club
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London $57.34
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Heritage/Millennium Course Listowel $30 - $45
Fox Golf Club
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Granton $25
Mount Forest Golf & Country Club Ayton $15.00 - $24.00
Pitch & Putt Course at Doon Valley Golf Club Kitchener $9.25
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Millennium/Vintage Course Listowel $30 - $45
Westmount Golf & Country Club Kitchener N/A
Guelph Lakes Golf & Country Club Guelph $49 - $65
Short Lake at Pike Lake Golf & Country Club Clifford $14.50 - $25.20
Galt Country Club Cambridge N/A
Oxbow Glen Golf & Country Club Komoka $28 - $42
Championship Links at Pike Lake Golf & Country Club Clifford $26.99 - $52.50
White Squirrel Golf Club Zurich $35 - $50
Caradoc Sands Golf Course Strathroy $30.53 - $58.85
Grey Silo Golf Course
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Waterloo $41
Westminster Trails Golf Club
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London $44
Red/White at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Red Course at Foxwood Golf Club
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Baden $28
Brant Valley Golf Club
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St George $18
Willow Tree Golf Strathroy $33.62 - $42.48
Red Course at Brookfield Country Club
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Cambridge $24
Meadow Land Golf Club Orangeville $22
Blue Course at Brookfield Country Club
Tee Times
Cambridge $24
FireRock Golf Club Komoka $49.00 - $70.80
Arrowdale Golf Course Brantford $16
Cobble Hills Golf and Ski Club
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Thamesford $18
Pitch & Putt at Woodstock Meadows Golf Club Woodstock $7.50
Westhill Meadows Golf Course Waterloo $17.50
Tavistock Golf Course Tavistock $27 - $49
Stratford Municipal Golf Course Stratford $20 - $32
Widder Station Golf & Country Club Thedford $30
RiverEdge Golf Club
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Kitchener $18
Greystone Golf Course Sarnia N/A
Goose Run/Village at Conestoga Golf & Country Club
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Conestogo $26
Twin Streams Golf Course Delaware $19 - $40
Blackhorse Golf & Country Club Kincardine $30 - $52
9-hole Course at Forest Golf & Country Hotel Forest $10 - $20
Hickory Ridge Golf & Country Club
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London $33
Llyndinshire Golf & Country Club Middlesex Centre $24 - $48
London Hunt & Country Club London $75
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Vintage/Heritage Course Listowel $30 - $45
Burford Golf Links
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Burford $19
Brantford Golf & Country Club Brantford N/A
Northridge Golf Course Brantford $30
Goose Run/Moors at Conestoga Golf & Country Club
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Conestogo $26
Blue Course at Foxwood Golf Club
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Baden $28
Oaks Golf & Country Club Delaware $85 - $104
South Nine at Fergus Golf Club
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Fergus $15
Beaverdale Golf Club
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Cambridge $22
East Park Golf Gardens
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London $23 - $28
Thompson at Sunningdale Golf & Country Club London $65 - $100
Innerkip Highlands Golf Club Innerkip $50
Our Ponderosa RV & Golf Resort Forest $17
RiverBend Golf Club London $90
Whistle Bear Golf Club Cambridge $60 - $110
Maple Ridge Golf Club London $36
Oakwood Resort
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Grand Bend $19.99
Bright's Grove Golf Club Brights Grove $10 - $32
Rebel Creek Golf Club
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Petersburgh $41
Woodstock Meadows Golf Centre Woodstock $32 - $64
Parkside at Fanshawe Golf Course London $15 - $20
Deer Ridge Golf Course Kitchener $60 - $120
Huron Oaks Golf Course Bright's Grove $34 - $63
River Road Golf Course
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London $14.99
Dundee Country Club
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New Dundee $33
Sand Hills Golf Resort
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Thedford $17
Willow's Golf & Country Club
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London $20
Stonehaven Golf Course Embro $17 - $35
Fescue’s Edge Golf Course Scotland $20 - $30
White Course at Foxwood Golf Club
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Baden $28
Village/Moors at Conestoga Golf & Country Club
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Conestogo $26
Glen Ridge Golf Kitchener $4 - $11
Cedar Creek Golf Club
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Woodstock $17
Camlachie Golf & Country Club Camlachie $40
18-hole Course at Forest Golf & Country Hotel
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Forest $16
Science Hill Country Club St Marys $31
Ironwood Golf Club
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Exeter $28
Echo Valley Golf Club London $29.20 - $33.62
White/Blue at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
River Valley Golf & Country Club St Marys $20 - $30
Apollo Valley Golf Club Lynden $12 - $22
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