Have not played any other local fields as of this time and compared to my over-all experience with fields this one seems to be a good mixture of natural environment and bunker design.
This is a field both good and fun for the expert and the new blayer.
Reasons to go:
-Nice location near Los Angeles and adjacent
-Serious and Interesting Fields with an emphasis's on fun
-Good staff intent on providing their best service for the sport
-Players that show up to play here are some of the best to play along side
-Realism that is life changing, unless, you are a pro skydiver
Areas of concern:
-The grounds for the speed-ball need to be meticulously manicured to allow more advanced movement and techniques
-Out-of-Bounds lines are not clearly marked on all of the fields
-Rocks in the parking lot sure why not nit-pick a little bit
-Raise the speed-ball off the ground with dirt mounds or synthetic matting
-Fence the SAFE area from the fields and not the field from the lot (adds shade)
-Have a designed pump only air ball field (speed ball closest to lot)
-Turn Vietnam into a defense map with a fortification in the center.
-Check in-out rental markers per round to provide additional service to the gear and to the customer (maybe just maintain the hopper as rental proof)
The new player will learn and understand that the terrain plays the most important factor in the game engagement.
The expert will learn new respect for the game and the players, who without, the sport would no longer be.
CONQUEST PAINTBALL has the makings to be the best and is the must place to ball in the area for the sport.
Just a few comments about your areas of concern and recommendations:
The speedball grounds need to be a little more rock free but I doubt it will be "meticulously manicured".
The next time you go there, tell the staff about the out of bounds markings, I'm sure they will make them clearly defined. Well, except for the speedball course.
Dirt mounds or synthetic matting wouldn't work because during heavy rain, it will be washed away. Plus, according to what I was told, it HAS to be able to wash away in case of flooding.
The Vietnam recommendation was a great idea! If they did that, it could be played both ways (as it is, and as attack/defend)
Checking in-out rental markers per round would be a nightmare. I think it would create long and unnecessary lines. Maybe I don't understand what you mean though, so could you explain?
I was thinking about that when the idea for the pump only field came to mind. It was more for the idea of the pump field that had markers assigned to is since most players don't have pumps.
Then I thought it would, in the overall, be good to have the rental markers out of the parking lot , because most new players just rent,and in the hands the facility for cleaning and upkeep.
You are right it would most likely lead to long lines but I just happen to notice some newbs placing the rental markers on the ground to then later on step on them and thought if it was my gear I would be pissed.
Some scenarios where I thought it would work....
Red team and Blue team take positions on the field. They are handed corresponding color guns.:P Fight, trade sides and turn in markers on the way off the field.
The workers who would have to recover and maintain the markers would surely hate the extra added work and it would also add to their risk factor with so many trade-offs.
Your most likely right that it would not be a good idea to try but consider it for just the Pump Field and how that would work.