<p>George Grant, an avid golfer, was also interested in the physics of golfing. He set about to improve the game of golf and as a result he received U.S. patent No. 638,920 on December 12, 1899 for an improved golf tee.</p><p>George Grant was also recognized internationally for his invention of the oblate palate, a prosthetic device he designed for treatment of the cleft palate.</p><p>Dr. George Grant graduated from Harvard Dental School in 1870. He was one of two African American to first graduate from Harvard Dental school, where he later taught.</p><h3>More Golfing &amp; Inventing Dentists</h3>Strange as it may seem other <a href="https://www.thoughtco.com/history-of-dentistry-and-dental-care-1991569" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="internalLink" data-ordinal="1">dentists</a> have patented golf tees. In 1922, dentist William Lowell designed a red-painted, cone-shaped, wooden peg with a small concave platform that was patented and became the world\u0092s first commercially produced golf tee called the &#34;reddy tee.&#34; Recently dentist, Arnold DiLaura, patented the Sof-Tee, a tee that sits on top of the ground instead of in it.