It's been a while since I played SMP and I don't remember the tee pads looking like that, with gravel and all that. When did those go in?
The gravel was put in sometime in the last few months, to help keep things dry around the tee. While it is more dry, the gravel can be mildly annoying.
If it's anything like #5 at Cliff, there will be pieces of gravel on the pad itself. But it is only a mild annoyance compared to a bunch of mud every time it rains. Anyway, it looks real nice in that video.