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Gratiano Tuesday, September 14th, 2004
Period of
Field Use:
1 year
Last There: N/A
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Operation Paintball-an amateur set up at best.
Review: Col. Peppers is definately the only place to play in the area. Certain other fields simply do not compare.
They have 3 fields, all well maintained. The new air field in definately a treat, adding a much fast paced option to an otherwise simple area. The "Ghost Town" and "Junkyard" fields are well arranged, with only slight advantages in certain spots. All in all, it's a very fair, and well planned layout.
The staff, regardless of how new the field is, are definately experienced, and very professional. They can order in any item you may require, and obviously have the expertise to assist with, and repair most equipment.

Edit: Yes, admittedly the reffing kinda blows. At least have refs that have played paintball before, or at least know a few ground rules. Standing around watching people play on or get shot at point blank range does not constitute reffing, but it does make for a dangerous playing environment. True, you don't really need hardcore rules enforcement when it's a small group of friends playing, but when you throw others into the mix, it's best to have a trained ref that can step in and diffuse a situation before players are only playing to kill each other.
The paint prices have gone up this year, which isn't too big a deal, since field fees have dropped. Do the math though, and you're still paying more this way than before. You'd think with all the cash they're raking in, they'd be able to translate that into better equipment and fields. I hear they plan on opening an indoor facility, which I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND AGAINST. Yes, an indoor field would be great, but with refs as crappy as those, people are going to get killed in a close quarters indoor tourney environment. Nothing personal to Cory or his staff, but they have got to start putting money back into the field and gear. It's already showing it's age, and in paintball that could kill a business.

Overall, Col. Peppers has it's faults, but it is still the best field in the Medicine Hat Area. If you're not into travelling much, go play at Peppers, but once you've been to bigger fields, you'll see what I mean. Great, place, best around, but could use a lot of work.
Last edited on Sunday, May 1st, 2005 at 10:47 pm PST
 

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