Operation Paintball -Smaller fields, but helpful and attentive staff
Paintball Jungle - Great recreational play for woodsball players and much larger fields and comparable staff to sunol
Venture - Best woodsball field in the area very large and never gets old
Overall I am not happy at all with this field. Here are some pros and cons
Pros - The food is good and marker speed is constantly monitored for safer play. Goggle rule is strictly enforced.
Cons - Let me start first with the field conditions. On the rec-ball field, the lack of effort to keep clean or even maintain the field is astonishing. They claim that it is cleaned daily but I have found my initials that I shot myself into the bunkers two summers ago.
The air-ball field they have set up is very poor and looks like it was set up in a matter of minutes. Not only is it set up in minutes but they also set it up 1/4 through the day, to what appears to me to waste time. Also the lack of ability of the staff to keep the bunkers ON the ground is laughable. During air-ball my bunker fell over twice causing me to have to bump back making play less fun. If you have every stayed a little bit after, you would see how brutal the staff is when they store their bunkers, I wouldn't be surprised if there were any holes.
Next I will go over the staff. They are horrendous in every aspect of their "job". I sometimes will wonder why they are even there, because checking players for being shot and calling players out was clearly not on their job description. They are incredibly indolent and will do anything (or lack of) to get through the day. Surprisingly, most of the refs will stay in their shack thing and watch television while there is one or two refs watching a game (not reffing). Most of the time the refs will be trying to be funny over their walkie talkies to lazy refs in the shack, instead of watching the games. They will however stop your game if you are not supposed to be playing, but like children, if you ignore them, they will quickly get bored and walk away.
Finally, I will go over my overall playing experience. First off, if you want to play air-ball, your SOL because there is never a single soul out there. If you want to play in a cheater - free environment with balanced teams and a diversity of game types, you are once again SOL. The last time I came here I got into a fight with a man three my age (I'm 16) and the only reason the Sunol staff stepped in was because I threatened the man with a lawsuit for assaulting a minor, and apparently, Sunol did not want this to affect their ever so meticulous reputation. I decided to let it go.
The intervals in between games is incredible. I played in every single game which game to a total of 10 rounds the entire day. I know that you might come here because of the convenient location, but I would choose the extra distance to anytime to have fun with my friends.
When I came there two years ago, it was okay, but now when I come here, I have realized that Sunol is a dying buisness and should never under any circumstances be funded by your hard earned money to experience what they consider "fun".
I, as a member of the paintball community, will never come to this place again under any circumstance, and for those of you that read this I hope that you understand the tremendous letdown that this place has made itself. Hopefully more local fields will be built in the near future, and put this ****hole out of business for good.