Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Tee-time at Rory McIlroy's place

Golfer's former luxury pad is yours for £12,500 a week

The extravagant interior at Robinhall House, the property once owned by golfer Rory McIlroy
The extravagant interior at Robinhall House, the property once owned by golfer Rory McIlroy
Property developer Gary McCausland

Fancy staying at Rory McIlroy's former home and playing on the purpose-built course that helped the world's number one golfer hone his money-making art?

Well, such exclusive access to the biggest ticket in town will set you back a mere £12,500 per week.

Or if that's too pricey, you can practise your swing for two hours for just £95 per adult and £45 per child, at the 14-acre gated plush pad at Moneyreagh, Co Down.

Property developer Gary McCausland – the new owner of the multi-million pound pad with its own private lake, floodlit tennis court and private cinema – is opening up his home to golf-crazy fans and corporate whizz-kids in what has to be Northern Ireland's most unique tourist attraction.

While our Open champ is looking good to win the US PGA tournament, Robinhall House, the home that he lived in for four years until 2013, is set to rival the Giant's Causeway for US and European tourists' interest.

It's understood that some movie stars have already been at Robinhall House and even the great Tiger Woods is known to have been in awe of the nine holes that were designed to replicate virtually every shot required to win each of the four golf Majors.

Robinhall House was bought by property developer McCausland, who considers it his home when he's in Northern Ireland.

While the home where McIlroy and his former fiancée Caroline Wozniacki once enjoyed was on the market for £2m, the Dungannon entrepreneur is thought to have got it for less than that last October.

Last night Mr McCausland said: "When I bought Robinhall House, it was originally as a private retreat for myself and my family but I've literally had hundreds of enquiries from all over the world from people wanting to come and use the facility.

"So, on the back of this huge demand, I've decided to make it exclusively available.

"By allowing people to come here and play, it will generate income that I can use to keep the course and practice areas to the world class standards that Rory originally created."

Golf professional Robin Daly, son of Fred Daly, four times Ryder Cup player and the first Northern Irish golfer to win a Major championship when he lifted the British Open's famous Claret Jug in 1947, will be the resident golf pro at the house.

"This is probably the best facility that I have ever come across," said Robin.

"You will not see better than this."

The new attraction will also support children's charity, the Rory McIlroy Foundation.

What you get at Robinhall House

  • Exclusive access to Rory’s bespoke designed nine-hole course
  • Lessons from resident professional golfer Robin Daly
  • Helicopter transfers and chauffeur service
  • A private fly-fishing lake stocked with 1,200 brown and dollaghan trout
  • Outdoor hot tub with Champagne on tap
  • Cinema room with seating for 18, equipped with surround sound, Blu-ray, & video games
  • Resident chef cooking with best local produce
  • Floodlit tennis court

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