Not in Waterford... It's east of Waterford! West of La Grange.
I've been playing since the 80's(hence the name), but not too frequently. I'm a true woodsballer and this is the best field I've played on in a long time. This is the best field by far in Central or Northern California. I'm shocked more players aren't there. They need to do some serious marketing and advertising. There were about 30 players there on a Saturday.
Field: 5 amazing fields. We played on the Tower, Bridge, Trailer and some of Wedge and Church. Each is different, but they all have amazing bunkers, forts, beautiful trees, trails, tunnels (yes, tunnels) great hiding spots. They have put years of work into this field, even hauling in tons of dirt to cover the cobbled ground. Trailer is wild if you like CQB, but it can end in stalemate. Its the only field I have ever been able to sneak up on multiple players and make them surrender without firing a shot---but it is nerve wracking with all the small hallways and corners and a million places you can be ambushed. I wouldn't want to play this more than twice in a day. The trails are super fun, but some are getting overgrown quickly. There is something for everyone---If you like to run and shoot, or hide and camp, or stand and deliver, its all possible. The supply train game is quite fun, but it is not easy if everyone is not into it. It is a totally different game where you need teamwork of 20-25 unknown people at a time! It challenges leaders, or makes you one if you want to try it. Ship to ship was OK (it was something different), but I would rather play a normal game instead of just blowing out paint and air at the end of the day I'll take any of your extra paint, please.
Safety: Varies, they talk tough, but (luckily) let newbies get away with minor dumb infractions with a harsh talking to without kicking them out. They were always reminding us regarding barrel sleeves and goggles. Overall good safety.
Time: Games started a little late (Owner was hurrying to fix guns so people, including me, could get in the first game). And you need to sometimes keep on the refs to start a new game without a long wait time.
Players: Very nice. Only 2-4 experience players out of 30 or so. Where is everyone for this awesome field?! One pro player is super nice, some people thought he might use full auto every once in a while, and he might be shooting hot, but I didn't care too much.
Refs: Only two. Maybe more would have made their job easier. They would always do checks for you if you asked, and made sure no one shot or moved while they checked. Once in a while they can lurk around you---giving away your (or your enemy's) position. I thought they did a nice job, and were friendly. They would help you in the middle of a game to get safe and clean your goggles. Maybe they can notice if the teams are too uneven, but our teams eventually evened out as more people came.
Staff: This is were the place shines. The owner is super, super friendly and obviously has passion for the game---and those who come to his field. He worked on my personal gun very quickly to get me back when it was chronoing too hot---for free. He gave me a personal tour of the field too, when I showed him I was interested in the different fields. I think he plays vicariously through the people who comes to his field. He will spend time and talk to newbies and experienced players at length during lunch about paintball, without going over the top.
Overall a great field. I give it a 9+, because I wish they were open EVERY Sunday like all other fields... If you like woodsball or rec ball it would be hard to find a better field in N. Cal.
I guess im the super nice pro player that you reffered to :) I was chronoed at 270-275. It may appear hot compared to the rental guns, which shoot alot lower, even if they are turned all the way up. All privately owned markers are checked for velocity before going out on the field. They are pretty strict about it, as well as the goggles and barrels bags on rules, as they should be.
Usually there are 3 refs out there at a minimum. If a large group calls and plans to come out, the owner will have a few mores refs out there. I volunteer once in awhile in such cases just to help out and make sure everyone has a safe and good time. That weekend I believe one of the refs had the weekend off. The fields are large/obstructed and sometime the players are spread out a bit and the refs can't be everywhere at once. Ive been playing there for a few years and can tell you they try their best.
The owner is a great/friendly guy and wants to make sure everyone has a good time. You can see how he smiles and lights up when he see's everyone having a good time. I enjoy talking and learning from him.
Though ive never been to any other public fields, other players who have say that The Paintball Zone beats them all. 5 different fields, 4500 PSI air fills, trails, forts, trailers, what more could you ask for. I love playing field 3, AKA "The Trailers". It's close range and fast action. Your right about the Sundays though, it would be awesome if it was open every Sunday.