I found this tee lying on the tee box during my round last week. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. I don’t know if it’s homemade or commercially manufactured, but either way it’s a lot of effort for a tee.
It’s a long tee, 3 1/4 inches long. The wood is quite good for a tee, with noticeable straight grain running down the length of the shaft. The shaft is nicely pointed, as if in a pencil sharpener, and the shaft is stained. the point was ground after staining – there’s no stain on the end point.
The top was made separately and glued on. If you look closely at the photo, you can see a little wood glue where the top meets the shaft. The top is nicely made, although not stained. If you look closely you can see where the tool chattered a little shaping the top. I know from experience that it can be tough to use a router on such a small piece, and the wood is also relatively soft, so it’s a very good woodworking job, despite the slight chatter marks.
I have trouble imagining that this is a cost-effective commercial product. I can imagine someone who plays golf and likes to play around in the wood shop making this, and I suspect he didn’t intentionally leave it on the the box. I wouldn’t want to lose these if I made them.
Has anyone else seen one of these? Do you think it’s a personal creation of some woodworking golfer?
I don’t plan to use the tee. It’s a little too long for me. I think I’ll save it with the decorated ball a guy gave me when I played with him several years ago. He liked to watch TV and decorate golf balls with elaborate patterns.
I’ll post a picture of that ball after I dig it out from it’s hiding place. It’s pretty impressive work.
As it so happens, I found its twin yesterday (in Michigan). It was slightly cracked but I used it until it snapped. I agree with your assessment that there seemed to be a lot of workmanship put into essentially a throw away product.
If you found one in Michigan, I guess it’s a commercial product. It’s hard to see the economics in it, though.