After an impulse decision to buy a marker, I needed to find someplace to play. After reading reviews on this site, I decided that Paintball Hill seemed like a good, close field to try. I've now played there two days in a row, and have had a ball. I'm no pro paintballer (the last and only time I played before yesterday was 11 years ago), but I think anyone looking to play recreationally could enjoy this field.
The facilities are still as spartan as some of the previous reviewers have written, especially for playing on a snowing December day. There's a porta-john and a cinder-block shed that houses the shop and a couple of propane heaters. Matt says he plans to re-frame and re-hang a lot of the netting once it warms up a bit before Spring. As far as friendliness goes, Matt & Ron were both great, as were the rest of the guys there to play this weekend. Matt says he's only been playing for five months and doesn't claim to be good at troubleshooting markers, but he knew enough to get me playing quickly with my out-of-the-box Pirahna.
The hyperball field is small and tight, which makes it pretty tough in my opinion. One of the owners tells me they've played 10-on-10 on that course before, but we only played 2-on-2 or 3-on-3. The bunkers are in several different designs including what they call the "rocket" right in the middle of the field. Everything's corrugated plastic drainpipe, so when someone hits your bunker, it's loud enough that you know it.
The speedball field is more along the lines of what I think of when I think of paintball. It's probably half the length of a football field and about as wide with plastic barrels, old auction house signboards, and other material making up the bunkers. It took me a little while to get used to some of the pits dugout behind the bunkers (there's one on the downhill side of the course that I didn't see until I got there and almost ended up rolling out of bounds and down the attack & defend course), but you could really dig in behind these things and not move.
The speedball field is also the Defend portion of the Attack & Defend course, though I didn't play either the A&D or the woods course this weekend.
I've also got to give the owners, Matt & Ron, compliments on a well-run Sunday toy drive for a local childrens' home. I'd only planned on playing Saturday with some friends, but when Matt told us about the toy drive I had to come back. Everyone who brought a new toy and wore a Santa hat (which was quite a few folks) got free field fees for the day. In exchange for showing up and making the toy drive successful, these guys gave out all kinds of free gear from themselves and some other local shops (Custom Cylinders, A&R Sports, Chubby's, etc.) - two complete Tippman gun packages, 4 Tippman jerseys, pod packs, workshop mats, a barrel, paint, free field fees for a year, etc. Nobody who showed up walked away with anything less than a ballcap, and hopefully there will be some happy kids in Danville on Christmas morning that wouldn't have been so happy without Matt's and Ron's help. I can only hope this'll be an annual event.
Needless to say, it'll be after Christmas before I play again, but I'll definitely go back.
Hey I was there that day. i am almost twelve, and my dad won the 1 year membership. Is your name Terry? I have an impulse and am on Hill Effect ( a team that was just started that Matt and some others are on) You should continue coming out to paintball hill.-Jake