Jungle Island, Tombstone, Hollywood Sports park, Moreno Valley (riverbed paintball areas), a few places in San Jose. Out of the many places I've gone to play paintball, JUNGLE ISLAND (www.jungleisland.com) IS THE BEST. Jungle Island has the best balance of friendliest staff, clean and fun fields, short walks (and close parking), and most reasonable cost. Challenging walk-on games are great while referee coordination and game turn-around time are excellent. Everybody should go to SC Village once just to say they've been there, but Jungle island is a great field to make your regular spot.
SC Village is where they say the pros go, but if you're not pro, expect a mediocre paintball experience. I've been there over 4 times in the lasst year and must say that I am very disappointed with many aspects of the supposed "world famous paintball park." It's really not all its cracked up to be. Here's why:
1) Inexperienced staff and long wait times. Since so many people go to SC Village, lines for admission, air fills, gun repair, and equipment rentals eat large chunks of time out of your day (expect around 30 minutes to 1 hour in just wait time alone throughout the day). Many of the staff has no idea what goes on at the park and constantly misdirects people from building to building in hopes that some other employee will solve your problem or answer your questions.
2) Long walks from field to field. Walking, no joke, eats lots of time out of your gameplay throughout the day. Fields like Russia are far off in the woods and really are not that great. in fact, most of the woodland fields are not very good- you'd probably have more fun playing in the woods behind your house.
3) Rental equipment is in terrible shape. I own all my equipment, however, my friends were renting and couldn't play half the day because the rental Tippmann guns were in such poor condition. the guns would not fire beyond 80 feet, and most shots would arc or curve through the air, therefore destroying any chance of accuracy you may have. A few players were actually given guns without air in them! This means that not only did they do the long walk to the field just to find out they had no air, but they had to go back, stand in line, and get their gun traded for another.
4) Poor coordination of refs from field to field. In many of the private group games I've played at SC, referees would delay starting games because they were busy runing around trying to get food or do some personal business instead of starting games in a timely manner. Many times between games my group was waiting 10 minutes for nothing, just to turn around on the same field.
5) Cost. Not that paintball is cheap, by any means, but at SC they charge a premium to play on their fields. At Jungle Island, air is free and admission is cheaper than SC. Here's the quick breakdown:
- $25 admission ($20 group rate, guarantee 30 people)
- $10 all day compressed air fills ($5 half day), $5-10 all day Co2 fills
6) Parking. Even though the parking lot is quite large, the best places to park are closest to the main buildings. Again, the long walk between fields will kill you if you have to run back to your car at the end of the lot to reload or check your equipment. If you do not arrive at SC by 9:00am, then most of the main parking spaces will be filled and you'll need to park beyond the speedball fields, which is an incredible walk away from the main buldings.
1) Some fields are pretty cool. The woodland fields suck it and really only serve to get more people playing throughout SC- kind of serves as an overflow area to send groups of people to play. The best fields surround the parking lot: Bosnia, Kosovo, speedball areas, etc. (basically the man made fields are best). You usually need special reservation or permission to get onto the speedball fields...usually because SC is always running some team or tournament event on the weekends.
2) Bathrooms are never really full and food is always close by. SC village is surprisingly staffed well, even through some of their business operations and procedures leave much to be desired. But usually there is almost always somebody at one of the 8 booths they have). Dedicated gun repair shop is nice and chronograph area is large enough to handle the flow of traffic throughout the park.
I think that every paintballer should go to SC Village at least once in their paintballing career just to say that they have been there. However, I would argue that the park has gotten too big for its own good and has lost its focus on providing an enjoyable paintball experience for all players. As you can see throughout the park that SC is more focused on making money and advertising their other park, Hollywood Extreme Sports, in the effort to make as much money as they can. They take advantage of a captive audience by bombarding cars with flyers for things they are promoting as well as shoving their new park in front of your face every opportunity they get. Half the fields at SC are very cool to play on, while the other half are more run-of-the-mill backyard woods-type fields. I highly recommend going to Jungle Island out over SC village. It's not too far away from SC, and provides a much more enjoyable paintball experience for beginners trough advanced players.
Tombstone, Jungle Island, Close Encounters, Indoor City, Cal Paintball Park...
I've been going to SC Village since the mid 80's when there was only 4 fields, and known as "Sat Cong Village" Now there's more than double the fields.
Prices run $20 half day, $25 full day. They have Co2 and Compressed air fills.
Paint and rentals from basic to advance are also to be had.
Bring your own lunch, the food service could be better.
A very large area, with a good diversity of fields, my favorite being Beruit (the town).
But you're going to be doing a lot of walking, especially when they say
"take paint for 2 games" get ready to walk. Polite staff, and adaquate facilities.
Some fields are one-sided, but that's life. The only real problem is the issue of repairs.
Some of the buildings you haven't been able to go into since the mid 80's. And that's a real issue since the owner has enough money to open Hollywood Sports.
Wouldn't you love to go into the second level of the tower to get the high ground, no can do, it's a safety concern, or a insurance issue, take your pick.
The Good: nicely designed fields, lots of fields to choose from, safety is good
The Bad: smells like crap (I've been going here for 4 years and I'm still not used to it), too many newbies, too many idiots, fields may have nice designs but they're decaying from lack of maintenance, overpriced in every respect.
This used to be my favorite field. It was the very first field I ever played and what got me into paintball. Now it's just trash and I get the feeling like a little kid finding out his/her parents are low-life-scum. If you must play on this field, play private (you need a whopping 30 people).
The park is nice, with many fields great for woodsball and other recreational players. The speedball courses are the best and they have various fields of them too. Field cover is nice, but should have benches or chairs and patching up the holes in the nets.
I got hit like 5 times from underneath!
The freakin park is next to a cow farm! It smells like cows everywhere you go almost, and that decomposing paint smell because they never clean it, they just use a leaf blower and blow them aside. The refs look like they don't know what their doing and I accidenly shot one in the balls my first time I went and he started picking on a kid next to him and took him out lol!
Overall the field is good buy the reason why I rate it an 9 is that the field is crowded and not many chanced to play like speedball. The most downside of the park is it's smell, which can gag anyone. But you get used to it over time.
I recommend this field to anyone. It's a really great place to have fun.
Too bad the spend all their money on Hollywood Sports and leave SC Village to rot, literally.
Last edited on Monday, May 12th, 2003 at 9:57 pm PST
SC Village is insanely overhyped. It suffers from the Disneyland Effect - overpriced, and just too large. The pretty fields are fun to play maybe once, but the refs do such a tremendous job of wasting time (your money) and are the slowest at getting games started that I have ever seen. Too many people play also, making games not as fun.
All in all, don't get taken in by its "revered status"; SC village is over-hyped and will leave you walking away wishing you'd spent your money elsewhere for a better experience.
In all fairness, I'm not much of a speedballer yet (no jersey and I have a tippmann; which sucks at speedball). I plan on getting into speedball though, and when I do I'll check SC out; the speedball is supposed to be pretty good. From a rec viewpoint, if you go on a day when there aren't a lot of people, go for it since the courses are rad. Other than that, it's not any fun to pay to stand around all day.
Last edited on Sunday, February 8th, 2004 at 1:21 pm PST
SC Village is a huge park and it gives you a lot of different types of fields to play on. Rec ball here is divided into beginner, intermediate, advanced. The fields vary from hills, jungle, buildings, forrest, helicopters, villages, tunnels etc. The advanced game is fast and furious where only the best rec players are able to hang. On advanced the numbers can be 5 on 5 or 40 on 40. A lot of posers try to play on the advanced game with their electros markers and whine when they get lit up. They typically end up sneaking onto the intermediate game or go play the tournament fields where they are more comforatable having their loaders hit. On the other hand many players using spyder and the like hang and play tough on the advanced game. It is truly the place to test your paintball skills. On advanced game they get about 8 games before lunch and about 6 games after lunch. Intermediate games go fairly slow but are geared toward the occasional player with numbers usually 40 to a over 100 players. Begginer games are for rental players. The condition of the fields are rugged but are great in testing your skills. The tournament fields are there for those who are too intimidated to play on the advanced rec fields. Come play it is a blast... jersys not needed
i don't really like the rec fields even though there are like 30, but i love the speedball. They have the best 4-6 speed ball fields i have ever played, i had a ton of fun on the speedball courses where u aren't in a big group, people say "hey reff me and those 4 vs these five next on hyperball" and u play its a kool atmosphere. i give it a 10 cause the couple of times i have been here i have really enjoyed my day
the fields are really cool, the rec fields are nice and the props are cool. There are way to many cheaters there and it really pisses me off to walk of the field and see opponents wearing my paint and still playing. the refs arn't very good either, in fact they suck. the refs are #@*%ing morons. the field charges 25 bucks for full day and you only get like 6 games in. they are so slow, you spend as much(if not more) time in the staging area than on the field. Lines are huge and the place is littered in noobs. alot of times if your out front your newbie players hiding in the back will shoot at you and it pisses me off like hell. the arenas are cool, speedball really rocks and should replace all rec ball, and there is much better sportsmanship out there but there are never enough games going on there for me and all my team to play multiple times. this field isn't the best i've been to but it is ok to go to every now and then.
this field should have a 0 but i give it a 3 for good speedball
Last edited on Wednesday, May 7th, 2003 at 4:01 pm PST
The fact that this paintball field is huge and that there are a lot of open space so you can run, shoot, and hide it is awesome. I personally like the refs, they are very strict and if they catch people cheating they kick em out of the game. If they catch em again then they get kick out of the park. However, the refs in private games are like status in the field. They are lazy and they allow players to use full auto, and they seem not to know to their naked eye when someone is FIRING HOT. The walk-on games are better, they usually have like 4-6 refs in the game so they take control and make the game more enjoyable. Food and drink are in ok price, drinks are 1 dollar each. Food about 3-5 bucks for 2 hot dogs, or burrito, or chicken sandwich.
One thing that i dislike about SC is that they take so long between games, i will say about an average of 15-20 minutes, so you end up playing less game per day, about average of 6-8 games a day. Did i mention that players respect the REF? something you wanna have. Ah also, when you arrive at SC you will experience a very nice aroma from the cows that other farms have around, but don't worry because you will get used to.