Where Did The Word ‘Tee’ Come From?

4 July 2017, 16:09

What is the origin of the word 'tee', as used in golf and rugby?

Golf tee
Golf tee

Mystery Hour Question

Where does the word ‘tee’ come from?

Clive, Orpington


Name: Phil

Qualification: Has played golf for 50 years and is Scottish.

Answer: It comes from a Scottish Gaelic word ‘Taigh’, which means house. When golf was first played the ball was placed within a club’s length of the ball you’ve just played, and that distance was known as the house.

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