The tee provides a firm and level foundation to start play from or “tee off” on every hole. Tee pads need to be free of debris and provide a sure footing.
There is no standard tee dimension or material requirements for tee design. Tee pads are most commonly rectangular in shape and can range in size from 3 ft to 5 ft wide and by 5 ft to 12 ft long. But some courses choose other dimensions or even rounded tees.
There are three types of tee pad surfaces, a constructed hard-surface tee, rubber mat tees and natural tees.
Hard Surface Tees
Hard surface tees are most commonly made of concrete but may be made of other grading materials like asphalt, paving stones, compacted slurried base rock or decomposed granite. This is especially important for long holes requiring a strong run up and drive off the tee. A coarsely surfaced concrete tee is relatively affordable, durable, resilient to weathering and provides the best and safest footing for players.
Artificial Surface Tee Mats
Dense rubber outdoor tee pads are used on some courses and specifically sized for disc golf courses. Grass protection meshes, ground reinforcement grids and astroturf are also suitable options that can be used.
A natural tee can be as simple as a pair of paving stones on the existing ground indicating the tee area. Natural tees like these are most commonly used for temporary tee locations or low use private courses.
Most holes on a course will have one tee location per hole. However, installing additional tees on a given hole can significantly add to the challenge and fun of a hole.
Alternative tees on the same hole are often used for different skill levels; beginner and advanced tee pads, for example.