Our History

 

SGVBC I – El Monte, CA

SGVBC started in September of 1995 as a modest 3 court club in our location at 9255 Telstar Ave. in El Monte. There were two people behind the start up of facility: Bob Cook and Eric McMullin.  Bob had been a long time member and the President of the historic Pasadena Badminton Club that had operated in a city owned building in Old Town Pasadena for more than 40 years.  Eric had been a recreational badminton enthusiast since enjoying the game in High School and College.  While Bob and Eric did not really know each other, they soon began collaborating on developing the new club.  The new club in El Monte benefited from the original Pasadena Badminton Club which had fought for “relocation funding” from the city of Pasadena when they were forced out of their long time home on Raymond Ave.   Over the years SGVBC has been fortunate to grow into the largest club in the area with 18 courts and more than one thousand dedicated members.

 

SGVBC II – Pomona, CA

We had been trying to find a good location for a second club to serve the growing badminton population to the east of our original club for many years.  When we did find the perfect building in the perfect location, Bob and Eric reached out to some of their badminton friends to form a group to develop the new larger club.  Jack Soong, David Hwang, David Anderson and badminton legend Tony Gunawan joined with Eric and Bob to create the new largest badminton club in Southern California with 20 courts in 45,000 square feet of space.   The new club located at 3410 Pomona Blvd. in the city of Pomona is just off of the Cal Poly Pomona Campus at the intersection of Pomona Blvd. and Temple Ave.   SGVBC II opened for play in May of 2011.