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.