- Improving events at courses that do not currently (or will "never") have permanent tee pads
- Encouraging female / novice / junior participation in events by setting up short tees on longer courses
- Allowing for quality "back 9" alternate tees for events at 9-hole courses
- Establishing "long tees" for more competitive events intended to draw a pro field
- Providing a quality "temporary tee" experience at courses that are still being established, or are in the process of being redesigned.
I've heard tell that some players even prefer rubber tee pads for permanent installation, although I have never played on them so I cannot speak from experience. Some of the courses that are against things like concrete tee pads due to their "permanence" might be willing to allow rubber tee pads to be installed, since they are essentially just staked in the ground. Of course, for that same reason they are subject to the risk of theft -- but I *think* this risk is much lower than with things like baskets.
Fly18's pads cost about $100 each for a 10' x 5' tee pad (90' rolls are $900), including the installation hardware. This seems pretty reasonable to me, but of course there are other options -- including just "rolling our own". (Come to think of it, maybe I should just make some...)