There is an alternative way to open your garage door from your Volkswagen Golf R without using Homelink, called Apple Carplay. Your Volkswagen Golf R is certified by Apple to use Carplay.
CarPlay is a piece of software that allows your Apple iPhone to interface with your Volkswagen Golf R's built-in entertainment and information system. CarPlay increases convenience and reduces distraction by putting commonly used apps, that would be necessary or especially useful while driving on your car's infotainment display. By doing so, CarPlay minimizes the need to actually handle your iPhone while driving.