Southwest Paintball - geared more towards the speedball crowd.
Coastal and Nature of the Game - been so long since I've played either I can't fairly compare them.
Directions to the Field:
If you live in the area you probably already know.
The pro-shop located at the field is pretty good. Not really due to their selection, which isn't all that spectacular, but more because of the people and the prices. Everyone is helpful and you can't really beat the prices for admission, air, and paint. Very reasonable compared to anything else I have seen before.
The fields are average to good for what they are. They do lack a pure speedball field at the time of this review and if that is your game this most likley wouldn't be your favorite place. The woodsball course is huge and the boundaries could be better marked, but it does have plenty of bunkers scattered throughout and the underbrush looked to be under control for such a large area. The berm/spool field is fun, but the games tend to drag out a bit. Due to the setup, one team always gets the high ground and seems to "dig-in" while the other team slowly picks them off the top of the berm. I think this could be resolved by ensuring the 2 teams start an equal distance from the center and clearing out a little more of the underbrush from the berm in the middle. The last field which has several buildings and cars with some other scattered bunkers seems to be a mix between a speedball field and an urban/town type setting. The games one this field were fairly fast paced, but the number of buildings does limit visibility on the field quite a bit, which is fine, unless you are looking for a speedball type environment where you can generally see the entire field pretty easily.
The staging area is securely netted off and under a covered area with bleachers. The chrono station is conveniently located here as well and you have visibility to the first 2 fields, one of which was under renovation while I was there and was not reviewed.
The refs were knowledgable and helpful. they ensureed everyone complied with the 285fps limit and even stopped a game to chrono everyone when someone came off the field with what seemed to be an excessive paintball wound. They generally did a good job with all the games and were engaged with the action. With that being said they are also the biggest reason for me not rating this field a little higher. The facemask/barrel sock policy at the field is not clear and not enforced properly. Where I am from and the fields I have played at this is taken very seriously, especially now with the hair triggers on all the electric guns. Too often during the day there were people coming out of the games, into the netted spectator/waiting areas where people were de-goggled, without any sort of barrel plug device and without any intention of using one at any time. On one occasion someone was actually firing their marker in the waiting area. There needs to be better enforcement of this policy or eventually someone is going to get hurt. Maybe it's just me, but I don't really trust a bunch of stangers to look out for my safety. On that note, It is the refs job to ensure everyone is complying with the field rules and with what I thought was a universal rule in paintball..... you get shot, leave the game and plug your barrel.