Marquette Golf Club, Greywalls

What Michigan's Upper Peninsula lacks in an all-too-brief golf season it makes up for with superb courses, such as this dazzling 2005 Mike DeVries design. Throughout its rough-and-tumble, up-and-down journey, the course twists through forests and edges wetlands.

Most memorable are the exposed granite outcroppings that serve as turfed-over houses for elevated tee boxes and as aiming points behind greens, and that are also jabbed into and alongside fairways. Lake Superior views accompany the opening tee shot, and neither the scenery nor the challenge lets up, culminating with the forested, downhill, saddle-shaped 18th fairway.

You might escape without scuffing your ball on the short par-4 fifth and par-3 sixth, which defend their targets with rock walls. But don't expect to finish your round unscathed.