Unfortunately there aren't any decent fields in the immediate area.
Hi-Tec is one of those fields that your lucky enough to be in a decent driving distance from (15 minutes for me), but unlucky enough knowing that there is a better field much further away (Waynes World in Ocala). It has a good variety of fields, nice enough owners/staff (when they want to be) and accomodations to keep just about any Baller happy for the day. But that's not to say it doesn't have it's pitfalls. Hi-Tec suffers from the same problems as any other Paintball field, it has it's bad days of long lines at the desk for registration, air and paint, and typical shortage of ref's with little to no experience. Unfortunately some fields have more "bad days" than others, Hi-Tec is no exception. One major problem that I noticed and cannot be over looked was that there was only one person tending to the desk at any given time through out the day . Yep, as you guessed, lead to very long lines...and not very much fun. And as you can imagine this usually meant equally long delays, both before and in between games. There really should be a second or even third person taking customers at said desk.
Another minor issue I have is with the ref's, or should I say pre-teen-wanna-be tourney players who just happen to be related to or friends with the owners. Yeah, this field has them too. Although I can occasionally over look it, I get frustrated with the lack of experience of the ref's at Hi-Tec. Sometimes they just can't make a good call despite the obvious. Personally I'd prefer my ref's to at be at least old enough to vote, but hey no one's perfect right? BTW, between you and me, the owner "Chris" has an odd temperment.
Like you'd expect at any other field, your going to pay thru the nose for paint. Most people (especially new players) are surprised by this fact, but they shouldn't be, because after all it's widely known that Paintball is an expensive sport to get into, the base expense being the paint. Honestly would it really matter if that box of paint was $5-$10's cheaper? I suggest it wouldn't. Check in with other fields, call them and find out. You'll find that their field paint doesn't go much higher or lower than the $5-$10 dollars I mentioned earlier. Still think that paint is expensive, try asking the average Golfer what he pays to play for the day. It's all part of the game.
Last edited on Tuesday, September 27th, 2005 at 8:56 pm PST