In NZ, the court hire rate for members is between 13NZD/hr (Auckland) and 25NZD/hr (Wellington). Comparing to any gym, squash, or tennis where the weekly fee to play/train unlimitedly is 20NZD, badminton seems like a ripoff. Assuming it's similar around the world, this affects the sport's character: it's more doubles oriented, playing at social clubs, and it's more about sitting around and chatting than playing. Is there a reason for these outrageous prices? For example, building and maintaining a badminton court doesn't seem more expensive than a tennis/squash court.