The Capital of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, is home to the Hollywoodbets Scottsville Racecourse barely a 50-minute drive from sunny Durban.
Scotsville Racetrack is a right-handed course with a circumference of 2300m and a separate starting chute for 1800m races. It has a run-in of 600m, all of it against a steady incline. With a downhill run to the about the 600m mark and a climb to the finish, 1200m races at Scottsville are usually run at a true pace from the start and horses who go too fast early almost invariably are found out by the climb to the finish. There is a 1200m straight course which joins the round course at the 600m mark. The effects of a barrier draw in sprints is unpredictable, but high numbers are favoured when the going is soft.
Hollywoodbets Scottsville’s modern facilities incorporate all the very best in racecourse comfort, elegance and intimacy, and patrons are offered a wide choice of restaurants and bars in which to enjoy top class racing.
The origins of horseracing in Pietermaritzburg date back to 1864 when the first regulated race meeting was held there. Until the Scottsville Racecourse was established, race meetings and other equestrian activities such as the Military Games were held elsewhere.
The first ever jockeys international race meeting was staged at Scottsville in 1969 under the title ‘International Jockeys Invitational Stakes, sponsored by Bull Brand from 1971-1974.
The club is proud to be the home of 17 feature races in the country.
Visitors have commented that ‘horse racing days are very nice, and one has great track views’
The Golden Horse Casino is conveniently built onto the back of the Hollywoodbets Scottsville Grandstand allowing both racing and casino customers easy access to both facilities. It is the perfect place to experience great events, thrilling gaming and enter our promotions for your chance to win incredible prizes at one of the best casinos in KwaZulu-Natal.
Over and above having fun in our casino, you are spoilt for choice with some of the top events and shows in Pietermaritzburg, including free, live entertainment at the Derby Lounge. They have a variety of restaurants for you to enjoy, from scrumptious seafood, to relaxed café meals.
Golden Horse is also a leading events venue for hosting weddings and conferences, with a choice of great event spaces and accommodation at our Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg hotel.
There is also a golf driving range on site.
Address: Scottsville Racecourse, 45 New England Road, Pietermaritzburg
Tel. (033) 345-3405 Fax. (033) 394-1141