Lee Schmidt, Brian Curley
Sandbelt Trails is patterned after the exceptionally strong courses of the Australian Sandbelt. Courses such as Royal Melbourne, Kingston Heath, and the Metropolitan Club serve as inspiration for a course that features large bunkers dominated by high sand flashes and crisp, thick lips that rise above fairway and green surfaces. While some of these bunkers are formal, surrounded by turf, many transition to native jungle vegetation without a clean edge creating a much more natural landscape. Large greens feature plenty of movement and square tees add to the distinct look. The predominant tree is eucalyptus in keeping with the Australian inspirations. The gently rolling sometimes flattish terrain has been capped with plenty of width to provide vast playing surface and alternative angles of attack from its sweeping fairways. Like the other courses, it sprawls over a huge expanse of land yet features intimate green to tee connections promoting an easily walkable experience.