Paintball Atlanta's original field in Powder Springs (much better woods fields than current field)
I've been playing for over 15 years and first started playing at Paintball Atlanta. Accordingly, I have fond memories of Paintball Atlanta and their staff. In order to adequately explain my rating and comments I think it would be worth describing the Paintball Atlanta of old... The Powder Springs field was a great woods field with towers, sandbags and awesome forts. The refs were older (nearly all over 16, most in their 20's) and the crowds were manageable. The prices were a slight bit higher than other fields, but the experience was excellent.
The best part of paintball Atlanta are the owners, both owners are superb individuals, fair, knowledgable and wonderful people. This, unfortunately is almost the only good thing that currently remains of Paintball Atlanta.
Current Field Review:
Ownership - owners are great, friendly and knowledgable.
Fields - Mounds are the best I've played on - grassy hills and great field. Woods field with black house in middle is pretty good as well. Other fields are just ok.
Daily fees: A year's pass is reasonable as is the daily fee of $10 if you have your own marker.
Regulating Paintball Guns: The field will ensure that every marker is operating below 300fps - they have mandatory checks throughout the day that don't get in the way of playing time, but ensure that you aren't black and blue at the end of the day!
Refs - young, inexperienced and gabby. I had refs telling me where other opponents were and telling others that you were not allowed to stand still (good advice for some, but just wrong). They were rarely available for paint checks and lacked the experience and age to make sound decisions.
Fields - other than the mounds, most fields felt undeveloped. Since Paintball Atlanta's fields are mostly woods fields, one would expect a bit of attention paid to detail on these fields. Two of the four woods fields I played on had no sign of work - they were just open woods bound off by rope borders. Compared to Paintball Atlanta's old field, I'd rate the woods a "1".
Prices - "when in Rome..." Alpharetta, GA is one of the wealthiest areas in northern georgia and Paintball Atlanta knows it. Their ball prices are high. Although the quality of the paintballs is excellent, the prices are a bit ridiculous. As mentioned above, a year's pass is reasonable as is the daily fee of $10 if you have your own marker.
Age of players: (very subjective evaluation here) - as an older fella' I enjoy competing against seasoned players that are capable of putting just as much "hurt" on me as I can dish out. Paintball Atlanta's average age has to fall below 16 years old. The last weekend I attended I averaged 3 eliminations a game (using a rental) and was only eliminated once (by a shot in the back of the head from my own teammate in speedball). I am not John Rambo, so if I can play all day on a field with 30+ team members on either side - there has to be something wrong!!! There were only 8 of nearly 70+ people there that were over the age of 16!!!
All in all - not a great experience, but probably great if you are wealthy and young or just like shooting up younger players ... not much of a challenge if you ask me.