One of the sweetest backyard courses you’ll find belongs to Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy. The 22-year-old U.S. Open winner has a state-of-the-art mini-course at his Country Down home in Northern Ireland that features four full-sized holes. McIlroy spent hundreds of thousands of pounds constructing the course, but he says it’s already paid dividends.
“To have a practice facility at the back of my own house is incredible, it was done as an investment in my future,” McIlroy told BBC Northern Ireland.
“Since I got it built I have won my first major, so it has paid for itself already. It is a long-term commitment to Northern Ireland, I see myself always living here.”
Ready for a few details on the mini-course? It has U.S. Open as well as links-style rough, and a replica of the infamous Road Hole Bunker at St. Andrews golf course, but with Portrush sand. McIlroy has a team of greenkeepers who maintain the course, and he has it fine-tuned each week depending on how the course at the tournament is supposed to play.
Here are a few more shots of his backyard practice course: