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