In the general vicinity of Binghamton, NY (where I a from), there really is only one other place that comes to mind as competition, EMR (in PA). EMR has far more developed fields and game variants, but they've also been around longer. PineHill offers a simple approach to Paintball and is a great place to go for your first time out.
Directions to the Field:
PineHill used to be somewhat of a pain to find. Recently, they put up a few new signs. The ideal route is visit Marathon via Route 81. There are some new signs directing you as you get off the interstate.
PineHill is pretty laid back as far as paintball fields are concerned. The provide a genial atmosphere while being very strict about safety. God help you if they ever catch you without a mask on. They don't screw around.
Their refs tend to be helpful and very reasonable. If they see one team getting walloped game after game, they'll switch things up. They're general motto seems to be, "Paintball is supposed to be fun." The refs understand that no one is there to win a tournament and this is reflected in the way they make their calls. They are players themselves and are generally very fair.
Since they are not very big, their hours for public play leave something to be desired. They only offer public play once a month, on a predetermined day. Their specials are usually creative and fun.
PineHill is primarily a Woodsball field. What I mean is that I think they have at most one speedball field, while the rest are nestled in the woods. They have erected bunkers and small buildings that make these fields more interesting than simply hiding behind trees. However, these fields are of a medium size and do not compare to some of the bigger places such as Command Post, EMR, or Skirmish.
PineHill is a small to medium sized establishment great for beginner to intermediate players. Their size and availability usually wards off the more competitive types and allows a great community of friendly paintball players to develop. Their website is usually outdated and it can be troublesome to contact someone to schedule a reservation or ask a question (either by email or phone).
-- Revision as of April 6th, 2006 --
They are now out of business.
Last edited on Thursday, April 6th, 2006 at 12:06 pm PST