East of Frazee, MN. on Hwy 87. Mile marker 18 is just before driveway.
I own a limousine bus and took a birthday group up to play. Contact with the owner prior to the trip was excellent. Very knowledgeable about the game and had ideas for the group. I had two experienced people on the bus out of 16. All the others, like myself had never played.
The staff had rule, safety orientation. Very strict rules for weapons and play. This was good since I had teenagers and adults with. Rules were simple, easy to follow and geared towards safe fun. Equipment was in excellent working order and clean. Everything you needed was available if you asked. (well except the owners fancy gun that the kids were eyeing!!)
We played woods play, capture the flag, speedball, speedball capture the flag and lastly all out- no hold barred total innialation round. I tell you, this game was so fun, it could make friends out of enimies!!!
Courses were good. Forest was natural, with well groomed trails and LOTS of trees and ground cover. Everything was well marked. No one got LOST! Made hiding and ambushes easier and made the game more fun. Everyone was competeing to see who could hide the best! Rules of engagement were followed and having the refs follow around keeping a watchful eye really helped. (they even gave helpful pointers to players to help them out with strategies- no cheating though.)
Every one liked the speedball course. Very large area with tons of bunkers, wooded areas. The staff even got involved after some pressure from us. Boy did the kids go through paint!!
I liked the fact that after every game, the staff had us go to the safe area for breaks and drinks. More importantly, they talked with everyone in groups or individually and listened to how the games went. They gave constructive pointers, hints, feedback, ideas and encouragement to all and really stressed FUN!! There was NO arguing, fighting, bad mouthing from any of the players. They all worked as teams and helped each other on and off the field. It was that, that made the biggest difference in everyones experience!!
I liked it so much, I put All- terrain Paint Ball on my website for people to see and get ideas for their bus trips!
In the end, when the $ was paid...we were all surprised how relatively innexpensive it was for all the time we played (4-5 hours). Dinner at Applebees for just me was more than it cost to do this all day, even with extra purchaese of paint balls.
I found the course to be both physically and mentally challenging after a day worth, but well worth it! It was fun to hear all of the group on the return trip braging about the day. Everyone left unharmed, no accidents, and BIG SMILES!! They are already talking about returning next spring.
Thanks Bob and Lori for the great day!! I liked the picnic/ BBQ Ideas, nextime we need more people and more food!