Northern Michigan knows the elevated tee shot. The beautiful, rustic terrain is the main reason golfers flock here every summer.
Brandon Tucker spent some time on the best golf courses in the area this past summer and brought his camera along for the ride. From posh Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer signatures to northern Michigan classics like Treetops, here's the best of northern Michigan golf illustrated.
Bear at Grand Traverse
After more than two decades Jack Nicklaus' legendarily tough Bear at Grand Traverse remains one of Michigan's most talked-about courses.
Black Bear GC near Gaylord
Black Bear G.C. near Gaylord is one of northern Michigan's best golf bargains.
Black Forest golf course
Black Forest's daunting dark tree lines make it one of northern Michigan's most intimidating golf courses.
Forest Dunes G.C.
Forest Dunes G.C. is one of the state's top public offerings thanks to immaculate conditioning and contrasting nines.
The Fountains at Garland Resort in Lewiston
Tranquil, classic resort golf on courses like the Fountains is Garland Resort's niche up north.
King's Challenge in Cedar
Northern Michigan does elevated tee shots to a tee at golf courses such as King's Challenge.
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Resort in Traverse City
A-Ga-Ming's Torch course was joined in 2005 by the Sundance, but the original 18 still has the best views of Torch Lake.
Treetops golf course
Treetops' famous undulating putting course is almost as much fun as its 81 holes.
Treetops golf course - first tee
From the downhill first tee, the Rick Smith Signature at Treetops wastes littl time showing you what it's all about.
No. 3 at Otsego Tribute GC
No. 3 at Otsego Tribute: It isn't every day you can nearly green a 400-plus-yard par 4.