Where Did The Word ‘Tee’ Come From?

4 July 2017, 16:09 | Updated: 4 July 2017, 16:24

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

Golf tee
Golf tee. Picture: Google

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.