Golf Playing Through: Golf, the Canadian Story

Made in Canada: 1921 to 1950
Rubber Balls and Steel Clubs Tees Caddies and Carrying Canadian Course Architects


In the early days of golf, before the proliferation of club types, the ball was hit from the tee area from atop a small pile of sand. Boxes of sand were provided at the tee, preventing the loss of sand from the hole. Towels and water were provided for the golfers to wash their hands after setting up the tee.

At the same time that the new rubber-cored balls were standardized and the manufacture of golf balls and clubs began in Canada, use of wooden tees began. First manufactured in 1921, they were soon produced in an incredible variety of styles and materials. Although plastic tees are available, simple wooden tees similar to those made in the 1920s are still the most common type.

Golfing at Charlottetown - National Archives of Canada
Figure 28: Golfing at Charlottetown, P.E.I., about 1928. Note the raised tee area and the sand box on which the ladies are leaning.
National Archives of Canada, PA43993

Reddy Tee - A-4079 - CD94-544-096
Figure 29: The "Reddy Tee," made of white celluloid by the Nieblo Manufacturing Company, was patented in Canada in 1924.
CMC A-4079