The Sandhurst Club is a modern 36-hole residential development located in the south-east suburbs of Melbourne, an area some deem as technically within the Sandbelt region. Both courses here were designed by Peter Thomson and Ross Perrett, the North a typically bumpy links-looking layout, complete with replica ‘ancient’ rock wall and the Champions a tribute layout in honor of the past champions of the PGA of Australia.
Although neither course here is overly impressive, the Champions does score points for using interesting terrain reasonably well and for a bunkering style that seems slightly more in tune with its environment. The large-scale putting undulations are also fairly effective and better holes, like the par three 11th, are genuinely memorable.
As an estate golf complex with quality amenities, Sandhurst has had great success appealing to numerous home buyers and casual golfers. As an alternative to the Sandbelt for serious Melbourne players, however, it’s been far less successful.