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Melbourne Sandbelt

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The Melbourne Sandbelt is a region to the southeast of Melbourne Australia known for its sandy soil. Several significant golf courses are located in the region.



The Melbourne Sandbelt is a rough triangle extending from Brighton south along the coast of Port Phillip Bay to Frankston and to the east as far as Heatherton, Clayton and Oakleigh.


Much of Melbourne’s eastern suburbs are covered by heavy clay subsoil. Around 20 million years ago, lower lying areas were flooded, which deposited sandstone material, now known as the Brighton Group. The Sandbelt suburbs are built on remnant sand dunes from this time. The sand can reach a depth of 80 metres in some places. Further east and north, the clay remains, and this region is sometimes referred to as the Clay Belt by contrast to the Sandbelt.

Sand mining

Sand mining has been conducted in the Sandbelt region since the 1880s. Several former sand mining sites have been used for landfill waste disposal once mining ceased.

Golf courses

Sandy soil is particularly suitable for golf courses. It is easy to place bunkers wherever a course designer chooses, without the need to carry in sand from another location, and it is easy to ensure appropriate drainage. A feature of several Melbourne Sandbelt courses is that bunkers are cut right on the edge of a green, which is not possible in other courses with different soil types.

There are several major championship courses in the Melbourne Sandbelt which are regularly listed among the world's best. Notable courses include Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Victoria Golf Club, Kingston Heath Golf Club, Huntingdale Golf Club, and Metropolitan Golf Club. For example, Royal Melbourne is in the top 10 on the Top 100 Golf Courses of the World web site, and Royal Melbourne and Kingston Heath both feature in the Golf Digest top 20 courses in the world.

Major championship courses

  • Commonwealth Golf Club, Oakleigh South
  • Huntingdale Golf Club, Oakleigh South
  • Kingston Heath, Heatherton
  • Metropolitan Golf Club, Oakleigh South
  • Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Black Rock
  • Victoria Golf Club, Cheltenham
  • Yarra Yarra Golf Club, Bentleigh East
  • Private courses

  • Capital Golf Club, Heatherton
  • Cheltenham Golf Club, Cheltenham
  • Keysborough Golf Club, Keysborough
  • Long Island Country Club, Frankston North
  • Patterson River Golf Club, Bonbeach
  • Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club, Frankston, and Dingley Village
  • Rossdale Golf Club, Aspendale
  • Sandhurst Club, Skye
  • Southern Golf Club, Keysborough
  • Spring Valley Golf Club, Clayton South
  • Woodlands Golf Club, Mordialloc
  • Public courses

  • Amstel Park, Cranbourne
  • Brighton Golf Course Brighton, Victoria
  • Centenary Park, Frankston
  • Chelsea Public Golf Course, Edithvale
  • Sandringham Golf Course, Cheltenham
  • Spring Park Golf Course, Dingley Village
  • References

    Melbourne Sandbelt Wikipedia

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