1. Insufficient light, coupled with insufficient size, are the two most common problems with tees – and the two factors are physiologically linked.
  2. Everyone remembers from grade school biology that green plants produce the energy necessary for growth through photosynthesis. To maintain a dense and attractive surface, the turf grass on tees must grow faster than it is worn out.
  3. Tees that are too small for the traffic they receive can’t recover quickly enough.
  4. Turfgrass grown on tees that receive insufficient light grows much more slowly due to reduced photosynthetic activity. Predictably, small, shaded tees generally are found in extremely poor condition.
  5. It also should be remembered that the same trees that limit the light to a tee are often close enough to compete aggressively with the turf for nutrients and moisture.
  6. The USGA Green Section recommends that tees receive eight hours of direct sunlight per day. This doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to have a good teeing surface with less than eight hours of light.
  7. A large tee with multiple entrance and exit points and limited iron play can perform well with less than eight hours.
  8. Turfgrass selection can make a tremendous difference. Bent- grasses and ryegrasses are far more shade-tolerant than bermudagrasses.

Source: USGA Green Section