The Vaal Racecourse is situated in the heart of the Vaal Triangle. As such, it is mere minutes away from Vanderbijlpark and Vereeniging, with Johannesburg relatively close by as well.
The racecourse is renowned for its friendly, country atmosphere and for having the longest straight in South Africa. At 1600m, it puts both jockey and horse to the test.
The turf track is about 2900m in circumference, with races up to 1600m run on the straight course. Races further than 1600m are run clockwise around the turn.
The original licence for the Vaal Racecourse was taken out in 1944, but proceedings were stopped due to objections related to inadequate controls from the Jockey Club of South Africa. In February 1946, however, the racecourse was successfully registered and the Vaal Racing Club was formed shortly thereafter.
It is also used as a conference and events venue, with six venues offering seating for between 50 and 360 guests.