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jettjon Saturday, November 5th, 2011
Period of
Field Use:
2 years
Last There: March 2nd, 2013
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Danger Zone Pensacola - fewer fields, no refs, slower games, MUCH closer to Pensacola.
Directions
to the Field:
On Kissam Street across from the main gate of Hurlburt Field just off of Highway 98.
Review: Pros:
Well staffed
Multiple fields
Strong turnout
Decent rental gear
Reasonable prices
Quick game turnover

Cons:
No pro shop
Not very convenient to Pensacola area

Updated 3/2/13: Still the best paintball field in the Pensacola area BY FAR. Run like a well-oiled machine and priced extremely cheap thanks to military sponsorship. Recent additions include increase from 3K to 4.5K air fills (still free all day) plus they replaced the aging hyperball field with a regulation airball field.

Original review:

I finally played at Hurlburt for the first time this weekend. I've heard good things about the field for a long time, but never had made the ~1 hour commute to Hurlburt Field. As we arrived I was immediately impressed. There was plenty of parking and two large tents covering various tables to keep the sun off of players. The main building was clean and well laid out, and well staffed with knowledgeable and friendly people.

Check in for our group (one walk on and three rentals) was a breeze, and prices were very reasonable. This is a field paint only field, but paint prices are reasonable and the standard field fee and rentals include 100 free decent quality paintballs, and free air (CO2 and 4500 psi HPA) all day. We went in on a case of paint which proved to be more than adequate for the day’s play. Minor amenities (batteries, squeegies, etc.) are available, but there is no true “pro shop.”

A safety briefing was done and chrono limits were enforced. I found staff to be friendly but firm when enforcing rules. Generally, player camaraderie was good; no big egos or arguments. I was totally unfamiliar with the fields but very quickly learned the “lay of the land.” There are three (as far as I could tell) major fields: A moderate-sized woods-ball field (about 3 acres); a small hyperball field (about 1 acre) and a similar-sized “bunkers” field with various urban type bunkers.

We started out on the woodsball field and found the game to flow very well, with a nice balance of semi-open areas well built out with forts and bunkers, and heavier foliage suitable for sneaking and sniping. Next we moved to the hyperball field with a smaller group of about 15 players who wanted to “play some speedball.” Refs were very clear on the NO BUNKERING rule, which was welcome since we had some smaller kids and noobs in our group. We played a fast and furious game on the hyperball field, finding the bunkers to be well balanced and the field perfect for 3-7 man teams.
Next we moved to the “urban” field, another field set up for a maximum of about 20 players. Game play was fast and fun, and aided by the capable assistance of two refs.

We continued the day on the woods ball field. A variety of games were played include simple elimination, capture the fort/attack & defend, and capture the flag. Games were run about as quickly as we wished them to be. As more players arrived, the main group splintered into several groups, each on a different field. The fields were moderately sized, but spaced out well enough to allow simultaneous games on all fields. The layout was clean and none of the fields was more than a two-three minute walk from the staging area.

Overall, as a longtime (20+ years) paintball veteran I was extremely pleased with Hurlburt Paintball. Similarly, my three friends, who have only played a couple times before, were quite impressed and had a great time. The only down side to me is that the field is about one hour from Pensacola. However, the drive is well worth it, especially if you have a friend or two to make a road trip a bit more enjoyable. This is definitely one of the top fields in the Pensacola/Destin area.
Last edited on Sunday, May 26th, 2013 at 6:52 pm PST
 

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