Situated just north east of Oslo, Hauger’s 18-hole golf course is yet another modern classic from the drawing board of Jeremy Turner, the golf architect with an ever-increasing portfolio of first class Scandinavian courses.
Turner laid out Hauger in 1988 on rolling parkland, incorporating some exciting elevation changes into the design. Comparatively tight initially, with trees lining the fairways of the opening few holes, the course then opens out over the gently undulating terrain for the remainder of the round. Ponds come into play at a handful of holes but not to an overbearing extent.
Thrilling elevated tee shots at the par four 1st and par three 5th holes are highlights on the front nine – the opening drive is across a small pond to a fairway which kinks right to a green with four guarding bunkers whilst the short hole on 5 has a pond in front and sand to the left for added protection.
On the inward half, the hardest hole is the very long par four 13th – all of 480 yards – which plays uphill all the way from tee to green. The drive must be threaded between a large grass bank on the left and trees on the right of the fairway before approaching the elevated green. Two mighty blows are required here to have any chance of par!
Hauger is a quite hilly "parkland" course based in a nice farmland area outside of Oslo. The overall experience has a rural feel to it with the traditional farm buildings that surround the area. The course is in very good condition over the summer months, and has a challenging and varied design. For me it's not in the "top drawer" of courses in the Oslo area, but still well worth a visit if you're nearby.