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.
Melbourne Sandbelt Wikipedia
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 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.
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.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
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
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