McIlroy reaping the benefits of Major-focused practice area in back garden
Published 11/08/2014 | 16:34
Fresh from his fourth Major success in Valahalla, Rory McIlroy may attribute some of that success to a decision he took in 2010 to build a practice area at his home designed to replicate shots required to win golf's top prizes.
The Irish golfer now has the clean sweep of Majors and looks set to make a challenge to Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the most successful golfers we have ever witnessed.
Four years ago McIlroy designed and built a golf course and practice area at his home in Robinhall House to enable him to replicate virtually every shot required to win each of the four Major Golf Championships and is a decision that has certainly paid dividends.
McIlroy lived in Robinhall House from 2009 to 2013 during which time he became the world’s number one golfer, winning the US Open and US PGA Championship on the way.
The facility, which he still uses occasionally to practice when he’s in Northern Ireland, offers visitors the chance to practice on the very same putting green and short game area where he honed his skills, followed by nine holes on the actual course which was modelled on some of the world’s top golf courses with holes based on Augusta, St Andrew’s, Pebble Beach and Congressional (where McIlroy won his first major championship).