River Oaks Country Club

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River Oaks Country Club

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.


Houston is located in the US
Location in the United States
Houston  is located in Texas
Location in Texas

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.

Around 1993, River Oaks and some other area country clubs began claiming a new tax break.[1] That same year, an article in the Houston Post alleged that even though River Oaks and two other area country clubs had bylaws stating that membership was open to people of all races, they covertly discriminated against blacks.[2]

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 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.[3]

As of 2010, River Oaks had a waiting list of applicants for membership.[4]

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  1. ^ "Country clubs claim tax break Houston, area schools lose revenue, paper says." Associated Press report in the The Dallas Morning News, March 1, 1993. Retrieved on October 5, 2012.
  2. ^ "Exclusive Houston clubs segregated, newspaper finds." Associated Press report in The Dallas Morning News. August 16, 1993. Retrieved on October 15, 2012. "Despite bylaws that say they are open to all, the area's three most prestigious clubs covertly discriminate, and no black has ever been admitted, the Houston Post reported Sunday."
  3. ^ Robertson, Dale (May 7, 2007). "River Oaks keeps Clay Courts in town". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-05-09. 
  4. ^ 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."

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Coordinates: 29°45′11″N 95°25′34″W / 29.753°N 95.426°W / 29.753; -95.426