The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion below.
Period of Field Use:
January 12th, 2006
Less than a month
I went to Santa Clara Paintball with a group of 12 people, all but 2 being new users. From the time orientation started until we were on the field was about an hour. The two guys who have paintballed before brought thier own markers, only to be told that they can't play with the rest of us who were using rentals. That's understandable.
We got on the field and after about 30 minutes of play, some of us noticed that other people were on the field with thier own markers. We complained to the ref who didn't do anything about it. Me and a friend were put on one side while 6 other guys (a few who had thier own gun) were on the other side, 2v6. We told the ref a few times before the game started that it was uneven teams but he ignored us, and afterward said 'I thought you guys could handle it'. I had to go complain to the office before any action was taken. They took all the rental players to a field that was even muddier than the first, but it had a better layout (castle theme).
Overall we had fun, but everyone was very disapointed by the quality of the fields and staff. The fields are located on the fairgrounds where they held animals for a number of years, so the mud is really a combination of dirt and animal feces. You can smell it when entering the field, and on your clothes when you get home.
If I were to do it over again, I definatly would not goto Santa Clara Paintball. I'm not an experienced paintballer by any means, but I cannot see how any other operator of a paintball field could do worse.