Today we’d like to introduce you to Prat Mallawong.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Prat. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
After serving in the Marines for four years, I went back to my old High School (Garden Grove High) and helped coach. I soon became the Head Coach. As a coach, I saw a need for a private badminton club. Three years later, I partnered up with a few guys and try to open a club. The project fell through due the difficulty of obtaining a special use permit from the city of Irvine.
Fourteen years later, I found myself married with two daughters, a stay at home dad and a dream unfulfilled. Again a few guys asked me if I wanted to start a badminton club. I said, “Yes,” and the rest is history.
Has it been a smooth road?
Pretty smooth considering the size of this venture. Nothing to report.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the SMASH Badminton SanDiego story. Tell us more about the business.
We’re a private badminton club that encourages playing and learning of the sport. We try to balance court time between the two by setting aside courts for training. Playing courts are always available though.
Our facility was designed with two guiding principles; safety and playability. The floor is engineered for minimum stress to the players’ knees and ankles. The dark green paint on the walls are not attractive but great for picking up the shuttle cock and won’t strain your eyes.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Private badminton club are opening up everywhere in California, and I see as the sport gains popularity more clubs will open across the United States.
- Address: 9586 Distribution Avenue
Suits E. San Diego, CA 92122
- Website: smashbsd.com
- Phone: 858-876-2741
- Facebook: SMASH Badminton San Diego