Melbourne Sandbelt

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Melbourne Sandbelt
Victoria
Melbourne Sandbelt is located in Melbourne
Melbourne Sandbelt
Melbourne Sandbelt
Coordinates 37°58′26″S 145°7′6″E / 37.97389°S 145.11833°E / -37.97389; 145.11833Coordinates: 37°58′26″S 145°7′6″E / 37.97389°S 145.11833°E / -37.97389; 145.11833

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.

Location[edit]

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

Geology[edit]

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, known as the Red Bluff Sands.[1][2][3] The Sandbelt suburbs are built on remnant sand dunes from this time.[4] The sand can reach a depth of 80 metres in some places.[5] 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[edit]

Sand mining has been conducted in the Sandbelt region since the 1880s.[6] Several former sand mining sites have been used for landfill waste disposal once mining ceased.[7]

Golf courses[edit]

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 Gold Courses of the World web site, and Royal Melbourne and Kingston Heath both feature in the Golf Digest top 20 courses in the world.[8]

List of Sandbelt courses[edit]

Major championship courses[edit]

Private courses[edit]

Public courses[edit]

References[edit]

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