A year in pictures: A look back at the best golf photos of 2012

The job of a golf travel writer certainly has its perks, and 2012 was no exception. As has been the case for the past five years, I got to travel coast to coast, north and south and even across the border and the Pacific, covering most areas of the United States and a little beyond.

What follows are 12 of my favorite pictures -- one for every month -- from the public or resort golf courses I visited this year. In no particular order, each is special in its own right, and they're not all at high-dollar venues. I even included a couple of par-3 courses.

-- Mike Bailey

Dec 19, 2012

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Mike Bailey

Senior Staff Writer

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trio to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.