Looking for a place to play badminton here in Phoenix or the surrounding Valley? Yea, it’s tough. Badminton hasn’t quite caught on here in Arizona as it has in places like Southern and Northern California. Which, when you think about it, is pretty strange given our climate and reliance on indoor activities for most of the year.
Anyway, here are some facilities where folks can play badminton:
Feather Academy utilizes the gymnasium of BASIS Peoria charter school to offer four courts on Sundays. This is the only badminton-focused facility in the West Valley that is not a community center. You can reserve courts in advance in one-hour blocks. The level of play here is beginner-to-intermediate and the facility is clean, well lit, and safe.
Reservation System: First-come-first-served, rotate out after one match to 21
The Arizona Badminton Center is one of the original badminton clubs in Arizona. Playing out of high school gyms for years, they opened a dedicated badminton facility in 2012. They are home to four courts, a pro shop, and multiple training programs for adults and youth. They offer both club memberships and drop-in fees to play.
Website: Foothills Recreation Center
Reservation System: First-come-first-served
The Foothills Recreation center is located in North Glendale and offers two courts on Friday’s between 5pm and 7pm. Please call ahead for changes in hours. A day pass is $6 for Glendale residents and $8 for non-residents.
Address: 2001 W Wahalla Ln., Phoenix, AZ 85027
Reservation System: None. Scheduled rotation
The Deer Valley Community center offers four courts for open play a few nights a week for the low entry fee of $3. There is a set rotation where you are given 20min on a court then, if there are others waiting, you must rotate off. This happens all at once on a set schedule. I’ll be honest, this isn’t the best scheme as it is often cheated by pushy people (there’s no enforcement) and makes it hard for begineers to feel welcome and have opportunities to play.