River Oaks Country Club is a country club in the southern United States, located in the River Oaks neighborhood of Houston, Texas. The club has hosted the River Oaks International Tennis Tournament since 1931. Often called the "Fanciest Club In Houston" River Oaks is known for its extravagant clientele and its beautiful views. It is extremely exclusive. It is located at 1600 River Oaks Boulevard, Houston TX 77019.
River Oaks Country Club was founded in 1923 in the River Oaks neighborhood in Houston. Prominent architect John F. Staub was hired to design the original two-story Spanish revival clubhouse. The club house was built south of the golf course that was designed by Donald Ross. The current clubhouse was built in the 1950s on the same site as the original.
River Oaks' golf course was the venue for the PGA Tour's Western Open in 1940, and the Houston Open in 1937, 1938, and 1946.
River Oaks has been home to the River Oaks International Tennis Tournament since 1931. The tournament is the oldest in the country to still be played at its original site, in the original stadium. On May 8, 2007, the United States Tennis Association awarded River Oaks the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships starting in 2008, taking over the event from Westside Tennis Club. Other cities that competed for the event were Atlanta, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The tournament purse is $415,000 with a winner's share of $65,850.
The new venue for the clay court championships was to feature American red clay courts that were installed in 2005, with a stadium capacity of 3,000. Temporary seating for 500 was to be installed for the second court.
As of 2018, River Oaks had a waiting list of applicants for membership.Hveem, Todd. "Lakeside Country Club renovation draws rave reviews." Houston Chronicle. Wednesday December 15, 2010. Retrieved on October 15, 2012. "Lakeside, like River Oaks and Houston Country Club, has a waiting list."