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Solid Knight Wednesday, November 10th, 2004
Period of
Field Use:
2 years
Last There: N/A
2 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Niceville Rec. Center Field
Review: The field is fairly nice. Although I haven't had much of a chance to play at the other fields in my location however I have seen all of the fields in my surrounding areas. Aside from this field and the one in Niceville, none of them have woods. The Niceville woods are decent, not as good as the ones here but for some reason nobody plays in them. Then again, the only people I saw at the Niceville field was a bunch of kids with $1000+ markers who spent more time looking at them than playing.

There are four areas that you can play at Hurlburt. The main speedball course, the smaller speedball course, small woods and large woods.

The main speedball course is in a sandy ditch and the bunkers are comprised of large tubing and pallettes. Cover is always close by and easy to find. However, there is a tendancy for the players to sit in the back and hide which I find really odd since the bunkers are set up in such a fashion that moving up is encouraging.

The smaller speedball course, which as the name would indicate as being smaller, is seldom used. Actually, I have only seen it used once. I have never played on it although it is similar to the main speedball course so I don't imagine it being much different to play.

The small woods is merely a two acre wooded area with some bunkers comprised of barrels laying around. Although, since the hurricane struck the area there are now some trees laying on their sides which make fore some great cover.

The large woods is my favorite place to play. It's obviously much larger which in turn makes sneaking around much, much easier. It has has bigger treese and bushes (read better cover). The fort is at the back end of the large woods and is made of pallettes lined up in a wall, a well fortified truck and a tent with some camo netting stretching between it and the truck. There is also a sand bag bunker in that area that is an excellent position for covering the backside of you fort. The fort itself is fairly large so you'll need at least ten people to adequately cover it. Usually people play attack and defend on this field.

In between the small woods and big woods is a van that looks like something UPS would drive and a busted up tent (it used to be intact before the hurricane hit). It's in the middle of a road and is usually only used when playing escort or extraction games.

The field fee is eight dollars which includes a CO2 fill and 100 paintballs. Although I think refills are free at the moment. However I run HPA so I wouldn't really know, however I didn't notice anyone paying for their CO2 refills.

As far as reffing goes, refs are volunteers or appointed on the sport. However, most of the time there isn't a ref. Especially in the woods. Although I don't really see a refs out there much anymore it really makes no difference as the majority of the people call themselves out. and if you think about it people can cheat while refs are out there anyway.

Snacks and drinks are available. Snacks, as in candy bars. You won't find a grill or something other there.

The paint available is Draxxus and some other "higher-end" paint. I forgot the name of the higher-end paint. I usually just get the Draxxus. you can also bring you own paint. Much better than Niceville where you have to use their paint and their paint is harder than rock. Seriously, the Niceville paint doesn't want to break.

Rental guns and masks are available. They only rent Tippmann Model 98 with 9Oz CO2 bottles and some generic mask. As far as I can tell refills on the tanks are free when renting. You don't have to wait for him to fill the tank up, he'll just pop on a prefilled tank.

You can fire fully automatic at Hurlburt and I've seen some people with grenades there as well. Although, very rarely.

All in all I give it an eight. Mainly because I believe that the big woods could have a much better fort than the existing one and the lack of refreshments. However, I cut the guy some slack as at the moment it's only one guy running the show. The other guy PCSed or something.
Last edited on Thursday, November 11th, 2004 at 5:03 pm PST

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