Introductory Note: Yes, I know my review is very long, but as I write this note, having just finished the review, it is 1:41 a.m, and I wanted to do something to pass the caffience-enduced awake time. Hopefully there will be someone bored, in the middle of the night, sifting through these reviews. I garuntee mine is enlightening, but to those who just want the 'straight dope', it will seem long and boring.
I write this review now after the fires have cleared, and most of the debris has been taken away. While it is a depressing drive up the torched mountain-side, Mr. Paintball immediately gets you excited, because their Premiere tournament field "Foxholes" is right at the entrance. Prices are unfortunately high, but the fact that my friends work there and its not that far from my home gets me up and spending.
My course preference is speedball, and Mr. Paintball provides several fun courses which every visitor, whether renter or tourney player can appreciate. Their sup-air field is very fun, however quite small. Foxholes, as mentioned earlier, seems to be the favorite of most. It is perfectly sized for the average group, and is almost designed perfectly (there are some bunkers that have loose, moveable pieces, and some that are just deathtraps – then again, perhaps those are intentional). As for the courses that were burned, most have been revamped and redesigned into even better courses, like Chaperelle, and Amidas Valley (No idea how they spell that). Chaperelle is particularly nice now, as each side goes in a downward slope towards the 50, so the back players have a very nice, and easily accessible view of the entire field.
The issue of their refs is heavily debated on this site, and my opinions are as fallows: The refs, while not always experienced paintball players, are just nice guys who want you to have fun. There really is no restricting schedule, and they will always listen to their group’s ideas on which courses to play, provided that they are not already occupied.
My only gripe is that the division, and really the identification of player skill levels needs to be somehow resolved. There are always issues of over-experienced players in the beginner group, and in-experienced players getting into the intermediate group. Both ways, problems arise, and it makes for more confusion and wait time. AND, on the topic of wait time, it is not a huge issue. Most of the time your ref just doesn’t know the whole group is ready. Just let them know – they’ll understand that you are ready and anxious to get playing.
I score Mr. Paintball a 9. I greatly enjoy the field, but the cons are just heavy enough, in my opinion of course, to drop it 1 point.