Upping the fancy: Private River Oaks club is getting a massive, $22.5 million makeover

Upping the fancy: Private River Oaks club is getting a massive, $22.5 million makeover

The Briar Club, renovation project, December 2012
The Briar Club is planning a $22.5 million renovation that will begin next year with a projected June 2016 completion. Rendering by The McMahon Group
The Briar Club, site plan, renovation, December 2012
Among the new amenities are new tennis courts, additional swimming pools and a brand new clubhouse. Rendering by The McMahon Group
The Briar Club, swimming pool, December 2012
The recreational and social club considers itself a "sanctuary from the city." Google +
The Briar Club, renovation project, December 2012
The Briar Club, site plan, renovation, December 2012
The Briar Club, swimming pool, December 2012

The corner of Westheimer Road and Timmons Lane is about to get even more tennis courts, as The Briar Club sets its sights on a Feb. 2013 start date for a $22.5 million capital improvement renovation. 

As the Houston Business Journal first reported, the member-owned River Oaks recreational and social club has begun the process of interviewing architects and general contractors in advance of the project, which is slated to officially begin construction in Oct. 2013. 

A Master Plan page lists the timeline for the project, which will be completed in four stages — starting with the construction of a 391-car garage — by June 2016. 

Among the other amenities are three new tennis courts (for a grand total of 10). 

 Among the other amenities are three new tennis courts (for a grand total of 10); a new main clubhouse with expanded kitchen, dining areas and banquet facilities; new outdoor areas for gathering; a renovated Kids Club and a new teen center; a new Senior fitness studio (to be perched atop a poolside sports bar); and an expanded men's locker room facility.  

Also on the to-do list are a new multi-recreational family pool with an expanded deck area, a new separate adult-centric junior Olympic-sized lap pool and another separate interactive children's pool area. 

"The capital improvement project received overwhelming support from the membership," Richard Lareau, general manager of The Briar Club, says in a statement. "Once completed, we will be able to better serve our membership through enhanced entertaining, dining and recreational facilities."