Tombstone-A lot smaller than SC, and the prices are nearly the same. Their fields are less impressive (no helicopters, plywood villages, etc).
On the other hand, when I played a tourney at Tombstone, the reffs were pretty bad. I was pulled twice because of spatter and once with no hit whatsoever. My friend STEPPED ON A PAINTBALL and was eliminated. The same guy was shot by dead players on TWO OCCASIONS. I was shot by someone doing a dead man's walk. The reffs were oblivious to all this.
BUT, Tombstone seems to have somewhat better safety policies.
WAIT A SECOND, I'M WRITING A REVIEW OF SC VILLAGE, NOT TOMBSTONE!
SC Village is the Disney Land of paintball parks. It is one of the oldest parks out there. They INVENTED speedball in 1989. I think it's name started as Sat Cong Village, but, due to the racial implications, it was shortened to SC Village to be politically correct.
SC has some really great woodsball fields, from Beirut (An entire village of plywood shacks to simulate "urban combat"), to Bosnia (covered in helicopters, jeeps, military tents, underground tunnels, trenches, and some other cool stuff), to Kuwait (trenches and a miniature speedball court in the center), to Taliban City (a field of bombed out buildings and buses and taxis), and a bazillion other fields.
SC also has a slew of speedball courts. The have at least 4 or 5 hyperball courts, plus "Legoland" and several turf fields with airball. Unfortunately, they rent out the turf fields to teams. I have NEVER been able to play airball at SC Village, because the fields are either empty or used by teams. 'Tis a shame.
SC Village is huge, so if you don't wanna walk over hill and dale, then don't go here. It's not that big of a deal.
The place gets wicked hot during the summer, with temperatures often over 100*. I recommend you check the weather report for Corona, CA before you go. Playing in 100* heat is no fun. The paint melts in the pods and everyone gets dehydrated.
Woodsball also gets VERY crowded around midday. Only play walkons when they first open in the morning and then in the afternoon, after people have started leaving. Playing with 150 people on one field isn't very fun. Or, you could play woodball in the morning, speedball in the middle, and more woodsball at the end of the day.
Access to the whole park is $25 on a normal day. Speedball is $10. There is no woodball-only price. A 20-oz CO2 fill is $6 and all-day HPA is $10. The prices are kind of steep, but the park is huge.
The bathrooms are the epoch of filth. Someone recommended that you bring along a chemical suit and a gas mask if you plan to use the bathrooms. On the speedball side of the park, they have a row of porta potties. Someone on this forum claims a kid was bitten on the genitals by a spider in one of the porta potties. I believe it.
The reffs chrono your gun on the woodsball side of the park. Sometimes they just shoot half your hopper at targets before they chrono, which is really annoying. The lines at the chrono station become pretty big at times. The reffs at the chrono station give you a little tag to put on your gun to show that it is safe. Of course, anyone could go and turn up the velocity of their gun after getting chronoed... For the most part, the referees on the woodsball side are pretty good. They pay attention to what is going on, are funny, kick people out who take off their masks, and sometimes add their own rules to the game.
For speedball, on the other hand, no chrono is required. Most people just walk onto the fields without chronoing. I would be willing to bet that more than half the people playing speedball have hot guns. THIS IS A SERIOUS SAFETY ISSUE. Further, there are never referees checking velocities on the field for speedball. On a number of occasions I have gotten bleeding welts, sometimes from people as far as 150 feet away. Tell me this is not a hot gun. SC Village really needs to do something about the hot guns. Also, there are RARELY referees on the speedball side, and they just sit around. They never actually referee games. We have to self-referee. People frequently wipe paint.
There is almost continual dry firing in the speedball parking lot. Sometimes people shoot paint in the parking lot. On the woodsball side, they'll kick you out of the park if you dry fire in the lot. On the speedball side, on the other hand, they don't care.
IN CONCLUSION, SC Village has great terrains, but really needs to address its safety issues and bathrooms.
Last edited on Monday, August 29th, 2005 at 6:25 pm PST