Rory McIlory Spent His Childhood in a Sports Club Bar Where He Learned to Pour Pints and Chip Balls

In 1989, Rory McIlroy was born in the Northern Ireland town of Holywood. The pro golfer often talks about his roots and what they mean to him. So much of where McIlroy is from has shaped who he is as a person, of course, but also as a golfer. In fact, the golfer grew up at the sports bar where his dad worked. McIlroy would often pour pints and chip balls while hanging out there.

Rory McIlroy’s instant love of golf

Mcllroy’s fate seemed destined from an extremely young age. His parents, Gerry and Rosie McIlroy, recall McIlroy as a youth instantly being drawn to the sport. Rory’s mom and dad remember stories of him falling asleep gripping a golf club while just a baby. His father is largely credited for introducing him to the pastime, according to Childhood Biography.

Rory’s friends and family were blown away when he started practicing while still just a toddler. At the age of two, Rory was able to hit 40-yard drives. It was an astonishing sight, but it became clear that there was something special and unique when it came to McIlroy and golf

A look back at Rory McIlroy’s childhood

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As Rory attended St. Patrick’s Primary School, he began to get more serious about the sport.  However, most of his early days practicing took place at the Holywood Golf Club. This is also where his dad worked, so it made for some interesting and entertaining afternoons.

In an interview, the golfer described what that time of his life was like. Rory said, “At the end of the club, there was a bar top with a little hole in it, a little hole about six inches wide. I’d bring my wedge and I’d try to chip balls into that hole from maybe 20 yards away. I had a lot of Saturdays like that, which were good fun.”

Naturally, for the talented golfer, it was never just about the sport or practice. Rory has fond memories of spending time with his father at work. Plus, as he shared, “At the same time, I learned how to pack a bar and pull a pint. You get to this state where you’re very nostalgic about certain aspects of your life and what’s important to you.” Anyone who’s heard Rory’s interviews probably realize how important family is to him.

Rory McIlroy’s parents played an important role in his golf career

Golfer Rory McIlroy with dad Gerry
Rory McIlroy and his dad, Gerry McIlroy, hug after a round | Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

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Rory has gone on the record proclaiming his appreciation for his parents. He happily shared, according to Heavy, “I couldn’t ask to have two better parents. They’re there for me at the worst of times, like this time last year after missing the cut, or the best of times, walking off as the champion golfer of the year. I can’t speak highly enough of my parents. They’re the best people in the world.”

Rory is aware of all the sacrifices and hard work his parents put it to make his golfing dreams a reality. His mother would stay home during the day to look after her son and work at a factory at night to help pay for the expenses that come with competitively playing golf. His father’s dedication and commitment to Rory was no different. Gerry took on two jobs as a cleaner and a barman.

The talented golfer has publicly admitted, “The support of my parents has been incredible — even growing up and doing everything, the sacrifices they made for me.” There is no arguing that his parents greatly helped Rory in his rise to prominence in the golf world. All made possible with the help and support of his parents, 18 PGA Tour Wins, and eight international victories later, Rory has gained a lot of fans and followers over the course of his career.