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arnoldez Sunday, March 25th, 2007
Period of
Field Use:
1 year
Last There: March 24th, 2007
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Texas Paintball, before it moved - All woodsball, very expensive, players here suck, and you're limited to four hours before you have to pay admission again (or at least this was the case when I last played, which was about two or three years ago and I refused to ever go again)
Directions
to the Field:
From Austin: Take 183 south to 812 (there's a light here), then turn left. Take this to Hwy 20 (NOT 21!! You must pass 21!!), take a right, then take a left onto Bateman road. It will be down on the right.
Review: I'm kind of new at this whole review thing, so I'm just going to cover what it says here to cover.

Safety: Pretty standard. Masks worn at all times on the playing fields, and when you're not in the playing area your gun must have a barrel bag on. They do not require you to have a barrel bag on in the playing area though, even if you're not playing, so you are free to practice shots off to the side (just be careful not to let your paint stray into another game). Another thing, they do allow players to bring their own paint. If this is an issue for you, i.e. you think people actually might freeze paint (which I've never seen done), then don't come. But there's a reason they're still operating...people don't do that much anymore, and it really saves the players a lot of money to bring their own paint.

Fields: Pretty fun, they have two hyperball fields (one large and one small), a barrels field, a junk yard, a graveyard, two forts (you can play attack and defend, or if you have enough people you can play between the two of them CTF), and they are currently constructing a HUGE castle (I can't wait for that one). They also have an airball course, but the players must come early and set it up if they want to play it, so plan accordingly. I've never played the small hyperball field, but the large one is probably one of the most popular fields here. The set up is adequate. My favorites are the barrels and the junk yard. The junk yard has a couple of "interactive" pieces, i.e. a refrigerator with a door you can open as a shield. The forts are nice, especially the second one they built. It has a tower and locking windows/doors. I'm really excited about the new castle...it really is going to be huge.

Hours of Operation: I've never really paid too much attention...They're always open when I want to play, which tends to be Saturdays from about 10 to 4, although I was there until at least five yesterday, and people were still playing when I left.

Prices: Very reasonable pricing. I'm not sure of the exact prices, but I played all day yesterday with unlimited air for about 17 bucks (with a $5 off coupon) + paint, which I bought elsewhere (yes, they allow you to bring your own paint). I do know that admission (which covers you all day, as opposed to four hours at other places around here) is $5 if you buy field paint, or $10 if you bring your own. Paint prices are reasonable, considering it's field paint. It's still cheaper if you bring your own.

Rules: Pretty universal, but their surrender rule is different than other fields I've played at. In most games, there is no surrender rule, but you can request to play with one before each game. If the rest of the players agree, then it is a forced rule. That is, if you are within ten feet, you have to say "surrender," and the other person has to give up. they cannot turn and fire, and you cannot fire on them. Most people don't play with this rule, because it kind of ruins the fun, and the refs usually just assume no one wants to use it. You can bring your own paint if you want, but admission is $5 more. Umm... other than that, it's pretty basic stuff.

Services/Proshop: The guys here definitely know their stuff. They have a lot of old-looking stuff (Their "proshop" is just a shed with dusty guns on a wall behind the counter), but they can fix just about anything you throw at them. As far as parts, they may not have exactly what you need, but they'll definitely do their best and tell you how to fix it if they don't have the part ready on hand.

Staff/Refs: The place is owned and ran by Mr. Petty and his wife (whose name I've yet to learn, but I suppose Mrs. Petty will suffice). You'll know which ones they are when you get there; usually Mrs. Petty runs the cash register, and Mr. Petty distributes and works on the equipment behind her. They're both really great people, and really knowledgeable about paintball. The refs at Petty are all strong players, and know the rules quite well. They're all young, ranging from I'd say 18-23, give or take a year or two. They're fair, they do a good job, and they can usually help fix small problems out on the field (problems that don't require tools/parts). Expect them to jump in a few games with you, because they love to play just as much as everyone else.

Players: Most of the kids I run into out at Petty fall into one of two categories: Newbies (I won't say noobs here, because they're not bad, just new) who love the sport and enjoy themselves, and seasoned players who play the game the way it should be played. Generally, the newer groups want to stick together and play their own games, at least for the first couple of hours, but the other, more experienced players like to play with everyone. They're all pretty good sports, and mostly consist of refs. Every now and then a rich kid will come in and spoil the fun, talking trash, but his lack of skills ends up getting him owned anyway, and there's very few of them out there.

Facilities: This is definitely not a high-end fancy paintball course. You park in the grass, pay admission in a shed, , there's random old junk cars in the fields everywhere, and there's no A/C anywhere. If you are someone who requires what some may call the city life, this isn't for you. If it's a hot day, you will be hot until you decide to leave in your air-conditioned car. However, this being said, the actual game area facilities are wonderful. They're always adding new things, and it's definitely fun in a backwoods kind of way.

Food: The food options are limited. They basically have microwaveable burritos and other frozen foods and snacks. As far as drinks go, they have water, Gatorade, and sodas. The prices are reasonable though. Most places charge two or three bucks for a Gatorade and a dollar or two for water. Gatorade here is a dollar, and water is fifty cents.


Well, that's all I really have to say about Petty, hope it helps to those of you who are considering playing there. It's my favorite place in the area, hopefully I'll see you out there sometime.
Last edited on Sunday, March 25th, 2007 at 2:44 pm PST
 

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