About Us

History

The Greater Houston Rowing Club was founded in the late 1980s and established as a non-profit club in 1988 to promote rowing and provide facilities, equipment and training for all levels of rowing ability – from beginners to national and international competitors. While we introduce and foster rowing in the community, we encourage support for Oyster Creek and Sugar Land through annual US Rowing’s Learn to Row Days, the annual Keep Sugar Land Beautiful cleanup event, and various other events. We are entering the adaptive rowing world partnering with another non-profit in providing equipment and a venue in our area.

Rowing out of our five-year old, two-bay Oyster Creek Boathouse at the dam in Sugar Land, a suburb of nearby Houston, we enjoy several rowing options. A 5,000 meter (3.5 mile) section below the dam provides a protected course on Oyster Creek while rowing upstream provides a 1,300 meter almost straight practice course with an additional 2,000 meters through a park area. No gasoline engines are allowed on Oyster Creek and the water is protected from the wind providing excellent rowing almost every day. Club and private 8s, 4s/quads, 2s/doubles, and singles are available.

GHRC offers beginner classes during the year, and members represent GHRC well in local, regional and national competitions and regattas – sprints in the spring and head races in the fall. Three times a week we have “club rows” when members welcome college and visiting rowers from around the world to enjoy a row with us with some socializing afterwards. It’s a great tradition and encourages meeting other rowers.

With no employees, the club is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors elected by the club. Officers carry out business and operations of the club. Club members are expected to contribute their time and talents, as well. Come and row with us and enjoy our hospitality and facilities!

Mission Statement

THE GREATER HOUSTON ROWING CLUB (GHRC) is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 to promote rowing within the greater Houston metropolitan area. The club's mission is to provide facilities, equipment, and training for all levels of rowing ability from athletes training for regional and national regattas to complete beginners willing to give the sport a try.

Important

Our Rowing Course on the Creek

Membership Dues

Dues are $220 per year if paid in full for the year by January 31. Otherwise, $120 for 6 months (*Jan-June & July-Dec). Dues for full-time Houston students are $60 for 6 months (*Jan-June & July-Dec). Full-time students outside of Houston pay $60 per year. Personal shell storage is $60 for 6 months or $110 for the year if paid in full for the year by January 31. Dues and storage fees are non-refundable.

Make checks payable to GHRC and send to the attention of the club treaurer. Drop in the black mailbox inside the boathouse OR drop in the mail.

ATTN: Treasurer
Greater Houston Rowing Club
P.O. Box 834
Sugar Land, TX 77487-0834

Already know how to row and want to come row with us? Contact us or come to one of our weekly row sessions.
New to rowing and want to learn? Take a class with us.
Contact us: info@greaterhoustonrowingclub.com

Board of Directors

Dave Anthony
President
Kate Moran
Vice President
Kerry Whitehead
Secretary
Caitlin McDonnell
Treasurer
Jere Crean
Athletic Director