Feeling some nostalgia for the hours whiled away in college on the ‘baddy’ court, or just looking to get fit with a friend? We hunted down the badminton courts you can use – all without a membership.
Where To Go If You're Missing Your Days Spent On The 'Baddy' Courts
Andheri Sports Complex
This sports complex, bang in the middle of the Andheri suburb is really handy – it has an indoor badminton court as well as an outdoor one. You do not have to be a member here, and you can go and pay as much as you play. Though the prices per session are slightly steep, the sessions are longer than the others.
This one is for the Dadar East dwellers, and anyone willing to travel to Dadar. Bhagini Samaj at the Hindu colony has an indoor court. You do not have to take any membership, just go there, book your session (individually or for the group) and pay by the hour.
#LBBTip: Head there as early as possible on weekends, or be prepared to sit on the sidelines and watch others play as they only take bookings there.
Timings: 7am to 10pm but we recommend you give them a call before heading over
Price: INR 354 per hour
Mandar Apartments Park
Right opposite the Mandar apartments on Yari road (Seven Bungalows), there’s an open, well maintained park which has two outdoor courts. In perfectly good condition, you’ll find many badminton players coming out there to play. It’s an open park and you don’t have to pay anything, but you may have to wait to book the court for yourself or your group, as it’s generally booked and packed.
Celebration Sports Club
This well-equipped sports club at Lokhandwala has a lot of facilities. It has one large indoor court, with blue carpeting and also offers coaching for children. Though you need a member to come with you, the guests can play here between 10am to 3pm, a bummer during weekdays but a bonus for the weekends.
Price: Weekdays INR 300 per hour, weekends INR 400 per hour
Goregoan Sports Club
Goregaon Sports Club has six fantastic indoor courts. The only catch here is you need the member to tag along. So if you do have a member, you can go and play there, and they even provide shuttle cocks at an additional cost.
Price: INR 120 weekdays, INR 150 on weekends. Guest entry charges at INR 30.
Timings: Book a slot from Monday to Sunday
Stay updated with all badminton-related tournaments, clubs et al by joining this Facebook group here. They plan meet ups, look for badminton partners, and even sort out getting guests to clubs where some of them are members.