What Is Rory McIlroy's Home Club?

The four-time Major winner began his golfing journey in Northern Ireland but now lives and plays in Florida

Rory McIlroy's Home Club
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The four-time Major winner began his golfing journey in Northern Ireland but now lives and plays in Florida

What Is Rory McIlroy's Home Club?

Rory McIlroy is one of the greatest golfers of his generation, but where did he start playing?

The four-time Major winner came from humble beginnings in Holywood, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

He began playing golf at his local course, Holywood Golf Club, where his dad was club champion and worked behind the bar.

It was a mere stroll from his family home that also featured a putting green and hitting area in the garage.

Rory started playing golf pretty much as soon as he could stand up, using plastic clubs before moving on to real clubs which he'd use to do 'keepy-uppies' and chip balls into the family washing machine.

His dad initially taught him the game before Holywood's former pro Michael Bannon took over, and he is still Rory's coach to this day.

Holywood Golf Club was founded in 1904 on land known as the 'Irish Hill', with members joking that you need one leg longer than the other to regularly play the course.

It's a typical UK/Irish parkland course with stunning views over the Belfast Lough and the Antrim Coast.

McIlroy's roots are deeply entrenched at Holywood and he has played his part in completely transforming the club's facilities in recent years by helping finance a new performance suite including gym and simulators.

The Northern Irishman now bases himself in Florida where he is a member of the Bear's Club in Jupiter.

The Bear's Club was founded in 1999 by Jack and Barbara Nicklaus and is a private facility home to some of the world's best players.

As well as McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Ernie Els, Luke Donald, Keegan Bradley and Michelle Wie are also members.

Michael Jordan is another big name who plays his golf at the Bear's Club.

It is a 369 acre property featuring a 40,000 sq. ft. clubhouse, 24hr practice facilities, a 7,164 yard course as well as a par-3 course.

The course winds its way through oaks, pines, cypress trees as well as water hazards.

It features 102 bunkers which have been inspired by Royal Melbourne's and large, undulating greens with run-off areas.

Whilst the club is extremely private about its membership, fees are reported to be $90,000 mark to join and $25,000 per year, according to thegolflifeagent.com.

Additionally it is believed that Rory is also a member at the exclusive Ohoopee Match Club. Situated in Georgia, the 22-hole course was designed by Gil Hanse.

It is a winter season course and is closed during the summer months.

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV