Teeing Ground

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Definition: Where every hole starts, from which you hit your drive or tee shot. The teeing ground for a particular set of tees is two club lengths in depth. The ball must be teed between the markers that define the teeing ground's width. "Teeing ground" refers to one set of tees. Most courses have at least three sets of tees, some have more than twice that many, and the areas where several sets of tees are grouped together are called "tee boxes." So tee boxes are groups of teeing grounds.


"Tee box" is an informal term, a colloquialism; "teeing ground" is a term used in the rules.

In the Official Rules of Golf:
"The 'teeing ground' is the starting place for the hole to be played. It is a rectangular area two club-lengths in depth, the front and the sides of which are defined by the outside limits of two tee-markers. A ball is outside the teeing ground when all of it lies outside the teeing ground."
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