Turffontein is the Phumelela flagship course and consists of the old standside track and the new inside track. The standside course is a right-handed track with a circumference of approximately 2700m, with a 1200m straight course joining the round course at about the 800m mark. The standside course is widely considered one of SA’s stiffest tracks because of a steady climb from about the 1200m mark to the final turn.
The straight course is flat though and the Turffontein 1200m is probably one of the most undemanding in the country. The draw appears to be of little significance in sprints, but low barriers are favoured in races run over 1400m and 1600m.
The new inside track shares a common back straight with the standside track. All races are run clockwise round a tight turn with a run-in of slightly less than 500m. The track rises 10m from the 1400m to the 500m marks. Low number draws are favoured over a 1000m and 1200m. Nightracing was launched in November 2009.