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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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Oakwood Resort
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Grand Bend $19.99
Rebel Creek Golf Club
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Petersburgh $41
Grey Silo Golf Course
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Waterloo $41
Championship Course at Doon Valley Golf Club
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Kitchener $24
Quarry at Fanshawe Golf Course
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London $19
Forest City National Golf Club
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London $39.99
18-hole Course at Forest Golf & Country Hotel
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Forest $16
Mitchell Golf & Country Club West Perth $38 - $73
Fox Golf Club
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Granton $25
Maitland Club
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Goderich $6.99
Ingersoll Golf & Country Club
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Ingersoll $19
Savannah Golf Links
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Cambridge $22.12
Seaforth Golf Club
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Seaforth $20
Echo Valley Golf Club London $29.20 - $33.62
Mount Elgin Golf Club Mount Elgin $12.83 - $28.76
Gold Course at Brookfield Country Club
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Cambridge $24
Sand Hills Golf Resort
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Thedford $17
Red Course at Brookfield Country Club
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Cambridge $24
Cedar Creek Golf Club
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Woodstock $17
Sawmill Creek Golf Resort & Spa Camlachie $25 - $37
Victoria Park East Golf Club
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Guelph $24.25
RiverEdge Golf Club
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Kitchener $18
Short Course at Doon Valley Golf Club
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Kitchener $24
Championship at Goderich Sunset Golf Club Goderich $35 - $40
Tamarack Ridge Golf Club
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Putnam $17.7
Cobble Hills Golf and Ski Club
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Thamesford $18
St. Marys Golf & Country Club
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St Marys $32
River Valley Golf & Country Club St Marys $20 - $30
South Nine at Fergus Golf Club
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Fergus $15
Pine Knot Golf & Country Club
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Dorchester $14.99
Burford Golf Links
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Burford $19
Blackhorse Golf & Country Club Kincardine $30 - $52
Blue 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
Wingham Golf Club & Curling Club
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Wingham $15
Dorchester Golf Club
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Dorchester $25
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Heritage/Millennium Course Listowel $30 - $45
Tarandowah Golfers Club
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Avon $18.58
Brant Valley Golf Club
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St George $18
Westminster Trails Golf Club London $44
Hickory Ridge Golf & Country Club
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London $33
Rockway Golf Course
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Kitchener $24
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Pines Nine
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Ariss $24
Classic 18 at Thames Valley Golf Course
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London $16.99
Creekside Golf Club Woodstock $26
Village/Moors at Conestoga Golf & Country Club
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Conestogo $26
Cambridge Golf Club
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Cambridge $25
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Willows Nine
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Ariss $24
Craigowan Golf Club Woodstock $40 - $72
Crumlin Creek Golf Club
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London $10
Hickory 9 at Thames Valley Golf Course
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London $9.99
Wildwinds Golf Links
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Rockwood $22.12
Dundee Country Club
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New Dundee $33
Waterloo Golf Academy
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Waterloo $15
Willow's Golf & Country Club
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London $20
Woodlands Links Golf Course
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Clinton $14
Beaverdale Golf Club
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Cambridge $22
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Lakes Nine
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Ariss $24
Traditional at Fanshawe Golf Course
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London $14.99
East/West at Fergus Golf Club
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Fergus $15
Guelph Country Club
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Guelph $12
East Park Golf Gardens London $23 - $28
The Oaks of St. George
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Paris $30
Ironwood Golf Club Exeter $28 - $38
Exeter Golf Club Exeter $17.70 - $25.00
Greenhills Golf Club
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London $57.34
River Road Golf Course
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London $14.99
Blue Course at Foxwood Golf Club
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Baden $28
White Course at Foxwood Golf Club
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Baden $28
Red Course at Foxwood Golf Club
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Baden $28
Goose Run/Moors at Conestoga Golf & Country Club
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Conestogo $26
Springview Farm Golf Course Waterford $27.50 - $31.50
West Haven Golf & Country Club London N/A
Short Lake at Pike Lake Golf & Country Club Clifford $14.50 - $25.20
Parkside at Fanshawe Golf Course London $15 - $20
Westmount Golf & Country Club Kitchener N/A
RiverBend Golf Club London $90
Westhill Meadows Golf Course Waterloo $17.50
Guelph Lakes Golf & Country Club Guelph $49 - $65
Sally Creek Golf Club & Bistro Woodstock $20.13
Highland Country Club London N/A
London Hunt & Country Club London $75
Stonehaven Golf Course Embro $17 - $35
Apollo Valley Golf Club Lynden $12 - $22
Brantford Golf & Country Club Brantford N/A
Bear Creek Golf & Country Club Strathroy $30 - $40
Woodstock Meadows Golf Centre Woodstock $32 - $64
Caradoc Sands Golf Course Strathroy $30.53 - $58.85
Grand Valley Golf & Country Club Cambridge $10 - $59
Meadow Land Golf Club Orangeville $22
Pitch & Putt Course at Doon Valley Golf Club Kitchener $9.25
Oxbow Glen Golf & Country Club Komoka $28 - $42
Bright's Grove Golf Club Brights Grove $10 - $32
Red/Blue at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Otter Creek Golf Club
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Otterville $35
Stratford Municipal Golf Course Stratford $20 - $32
Cutten Fields Guelph $94 - $141
Greenwood Golf Club Sarnia $20 - $40
Widder Station Golf & Country Club Thedford $30
Maple Ridge Golf Club London $36
Camlachie Golf & Country Club Camlachie $40
Arkona Fairways Golf Course Arkona $25 - $40
Stratford Country Club Stratford $40 - $50
Greystone Golf Course Sarnia N/A
Science Hill Country Club St Marys $31
Innerkip Highlands Golf Club Innerkip $50
Arrowdale Golf Course Brantford $16
Baby Boomer Par-3 at Goderich Sunset Golf Club Goderich $20 - $25
White Squirrel Golf Club Zurich $35 - $50
Puslinch Lake Golf Course Cambridge $35.00 - $64.00
Llyndinshire Golf & Country Club Middlesex Centre $24 - $48
Northridge Golf Course Brantford $30
White/Blue at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Galt Country Club Cambridge N/A
Glen Ridge Golf Kitchener $4 - $11
Tavistock Golf Course Tavistock $27 - $49
Fescue’s Edge Golf Course Scotland $20 - $30
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Millennium/Vintage Course Listowel $30 - $45
FireRock Golf Club Komoka $49.00 - $70.80
Oaks Golf & Country Club Delaware $85 - $104
Twin Streams Golf Course Delaware $19 - $40
Championship Links at Pike Lake Golf & Country Club Clifford $26.99 - $52.50
Cedarbrook Gardens Golf London $7
Whistle Bear Golf Club Cambridge $60 - $110
Happy Hills Resort Embro $12 - $15
Thompson at Sunningdale Golf & Country Club London $65 - $100
Robinson at Sunningdale Golf & Country Club London $65 - $100
Our Ponderosa RV & Golf Resort Forest $17
Deer Ridge Golf Course Kitchener $60 - $120
Elmira Golf Club Elmira $52.99 - $68.98
Senjan Golf Club Elora N/A
Bluewater Golf Course & Campground Bluewater $26 - $46
9-hole Course at Forest Golf & Country Hotel Forest $10 - $20
Indian Hills Golf Club Lambton Shores $20 - $45
Huron Oaks Golf Course Bright's Grove $30 - $53
Mount Forest Golf & Country Club Ayton $15.00 - $24.00
Red/White at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Pitch & Putt at Woodstock Meadows Golf Club Woodstock $7.50
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Vintage/Heritage Course Listowel $30 - $45
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