This is the first post in this week’s “tee” theme. I’ll have one or two posts per day this week covering interesting golf tees.
Golf didn’t always have tees
Prior to the golf tee, the golf ball was placed on small heaps of sand in a box, and this the name tee box.
First Golf Tees
The first golf tee, British patent #12941, was invented by Scotsmen William Bloxsom and Arthur Douglas in 1889. It was a flat circular object with three forks sticking up which the ball rested on. See pic #1.
The first golf tee which stuck into the ground was patented three years later (1892) by Englishman Percy Ellis. See Pic #2.
Birth of the modern golf tee
The “Reddy Tee” was the first commercial golf tee. It was invented by William Lovell in 1921. These tees were made of wood and the tops were painted red for visibility. The modern golf tee has changed very little since the early 20’s but lately there’s been a new batch of interesting versions.