John Gibb

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New Zealand’s golf nirvana

If there’s a golfing nirvana, John Gibb has discovered it in New Zealand, where courses roll over glacial plains, volcanic plateaux and along cliffs with the Pacific pounding below…
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A fairer way?

Golf At Goodwood has finessed a pay-as-you-play credits system that makes membership more attractive to time-poor players. Could it become par for the course, asks John Gibb
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Spirits

Where there’s a still...

The moment John Gibb took a “heavenly mouthful” of whisky with a drop of Dornoch Firth wild water, he had the enchanted notion of owning his own distillery. But in a golden age of malt, what does it take for connoisseurs to realise a dream?
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To Russia with clubs

Moscow is fast becoming an intriguing destination for golf tourists, as challenging courses spring up in and around the city. John Gibb revels in the 18-hour light, scenic fairways and opulent clubhouses
Planes

The thrill of flying a fighter jet

Can a civilian buy a fighter jet sans weaponry, just for the thrill of hurtling around the skies? Seemingly so. John Gibb explores the finer points of choosing one and bringing it up to speed
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Out of service

Horses retiring from a distinguished career in the military, police or racing are becoming highly sought after for dressage, gentle hacking or riding out. John Gibb prepares to put in a sealed bid. Photographs by Emma Maxwell
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Emirate par excellence

Blue-chip designers have brought their talents to bear on the deserts of Abu Dhabi, with intensely challenging – and beautiful – courses. And the five-star lodgings don’t hurt, says John Gibb
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Basque in glory

With their wind-buffeted fairways and theatrical greens, the region’s devilishly testing links golf courses are not for the faint-hearted. An intrepid John Gibb heads south for the, er, weather – and some of the drives of his life
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Hitting the Swede spot

The remote, wild beauty of Skåne in southern Sweden is the idyllic backdrop to some of Europe’s most stunning – and challenging – golf courses. John Gibb reports.
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Greens goddesses

Tensions are rising as the best female golfers in the northern hemisphere head to Ireland for the prestigious Solheim Cup. John Gibb reports.
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North Atlantic gift

On Nantucket island, the famous fog lifts to reveal three of the finest links courses in the world – combining beauty, maturity and a serious challenge for John Gibb.
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White-knuckle Ryder

The 2010 Course at Celtic Manor, home to this year’s Ryder Cup, has holes described as ‘terrifying’. John Gibb feels the fear and does it anyway.
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O hole mio

The golf courses around the Italian Lakes are some of the oldest in Europe – hidden gems by revered designers in beautiful Alpine surroundings. John Gibb tees up.
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