Sporty people have a wide variety of sports that they can choose to engage in. If you happen to be one of those people, maybe badminton is your racket. Aside from your own yard (if you have one), where else can you go to play this sport in Cebu?
Mactan Top Smash
Mactan Top Smash badminton court, sometimes known simply as Mactan Smash, is located in Pajo, Buagsong, Lapu-lapu City. It’s near PLDT Mactan on the Quezon National Highway. This court seems to be affiliated with the nearby Tavo’s Sports.
Mactan Smash offers play-all-you-can for one day, every day, for less than a hundred pesos per person though you may have to bring your own shuttlecocks. It also has Wi-Fi access and a spacious parking area.
Quickpoints Badminton Club
Quickpoints Badminton Club (QBC) is located within the Shemberg Marketing Compound in Zone Sikwa, Paknaan, Mandaue. Its huge gym has six Truflex (rubberized) courts and four wood courts. Court hours are from 6 a.m. to 12 midnight. You’ll need membership to play here, and group or corporate memberships are available at QBC too. Members get to bring one guest for free.
When heading in the direction of Consolacion, you can arrive at Quickpoints by crossing the bridge after Super Metro Mandaue, then taking the first turn right. Follow the road for several hundred meters. QBC is on the left when you reach the Shemberg Compound. You may call the badminton club at telephone number (032)344-1001, (032)344-6281 or (0917)327-8106. This club is affiliated with QBC Indoor Action Air Range.
Tavo’s Side Court and Sweat Spot Badminton Club
Located on A. del Rosario Street in Mantuyong, Guizo, Mandaue, is Tavo’s Side Court. It actually has two badminton courts. It was established by Jun Cabrera, who named it after his son. You can call Tavo’s at telephone number (032)343-9686.
Mr. Cabrera also set up the Sweat Spot Badminton Club, which has five rubberized-mat courts but basically similar facilities to Tavo’s. Sweat Spot is near Prince Warehouse Club, on P. J. Burgos Street in Alang-alang, Mandaue, and its phone number is (032)344-1116. One good thing about Tavo’s and Sweat Spot is that a member can bring one guest for free and just pay an entrance fee for each additional guest.
Shuttlecock and Patt’s Badminton\
In another part of Mandaue, specifically near Cabancalan, on P. Remedio Street, are the Shuttlecock badminton courts, opened in April 2004. Shuttlecock has three courts; members pay an hourly fee to use a badminton court, with two guests free. The phone number to call this place is (032)346-6210.
Also in Cabancalan is Patt’s Badminton, on M. L. Quezon Street. It held a tourney of its own in August 2011, with mixed doubles, men’s doubles and women’s doubles. You may call Patt’s at telephone number (032)345-8777.
Portside Badminton Plaza
Portside Badminton Plaza is located beside the Geologistics warehouses on F. E. Zuellig Avenue, North Reclamation Area, Mandaue. The sports center was established in December 2004, by Elenita de Manuel, who is a badminton aficionado as well as a nutritionist and the co-owner of Universal Feed Mill. Portside has a high-ceiling gym that was purposely built for badminton. The ten badminton courts at Portside have Taraflex sports surface mats that measure 6.7 millimeters thick each.
The sports center also has an air-conditioned lobby, lockers and ventilated shower rooms, a restaurant, a pro shop, and an ample parking area for players’ convenience. Call this badminton plaza at (032)346-8460 or (032)345-2820. You could also send e-mail to [email protected]
Metro Sports Center
With a reputation for having a very strong badminton membership, Metro Sports Center on Salinas Drive in Lahug, near Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino, is one badminton club you might aspire to join. A considerable number of its members hold regional or national titles in badminton.
National and local tournaments that were held at Metro Sports have included those of brands such as JVC, Kimoni, Rudy Project, SOTX, and Thirsty, plus some corporate tournaments for Aboitiz, Globe, HSBC, PLDT, and Smart. Metro Sports certainly has a competitive advantage as a venue for this sport since it boasts of eighteen world-class badminton courts with Taraflex surfaces. The Badminton World Federation prefers Taraflex as a flooring material on international-standard competition courts. The rubberized mats on top of wooden planks provide greater shock absorption for limiting the risk of injury to the players.
Contact numbers for Metro Sports membership information and other inquiries are (032)234-4921 and 233-3338. You may visit its Web site at www.metrosportcenter.com
Cebu City Sports Center and Cebu YMCA
For its Summer Sportsfest 2012, Cebu City Sports Center will conduct badminton training for ages eight and up. The training would consist of fifteen sessions, Mondays to Fridays.
First batch – April 9-27, 2012
Second batch – May 1-21, 2012
9-11 a.m. (20 students only) 1-3 p.m.
1-3 p.m. 3-5 p.m.
3-5 p.m. 6-8 p.m.
The fee for the badminton training includes a shirt. Read more about Cebu City Sports Center’s Summer Sportsfest here: http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=364020210299602&id=110570405644585
Just a short walk from Cebu City Sports Center, on Osmeña Boulevard, is another place where people can go to play badminton. The facilities of Cebu YMCA include six badminton courts. Before the advent of badminton gyms in Cebu, only the YMCA and the universities had badminton courts.
A. Mactan Top Smash
B. Quickpoints Badminton Club
C. Sweat Spot Badminton Club
E. Patt’s Badminton
F. Portside Badminton Plaza
G. Metro Sports Center
H. Cebu City Sports Center
I. YMCA Cebu