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el zorro Monday, December 18th, 2006
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: December 15th, 2006
Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
None yet.
Directions
to the Field:
East Loop 289 take Buffalo Gap/50th Street Exit. The field is on the east side of the highway just north of the exit.
Review: This field is a woods player's dream and a speed baller's disappointment. I am a woods player so I was not disappointed.

First the speed ball fields. There are two but only one was in use because the other is for inflatables which were taken down at the time. My main gripe against the existing speed ball field is the large number of small rocks that will eat up your knees when you slide into a bunker. But I'm not much of a speed ball player so it's not that big a deal to me but I know it will be to those who are.
I noticed the previous review mentioned glass on the field. There was no glass on the permantent speed ball field but I looked over at the empty inflatable field and saw lots of shiny glass so players beware. However, they had a tractor with a box blade and riper shanks tilling that field while we were there so maybe it will be in better shape when they get it set up. I'll keep you posted.

The woodsball fields are definitley Challenge Parks forte. We played on all 4 of them. According to the ref there is more land available on the other side of the creek but the flash floods keep washing out the bridge. I love playing in the woods and there was no disappointment here. I also like lots of variety and again I was not disappointed. Each field has its own personality. There is nothing particulary fancy about them but they work. They have bunkers, forts (kind of), old cars, tractor tires, trees and mounds depending on the field. I look forward to going back and conquering them again and again.
I don't get those who gripe about the walk. It's woods ball. Get over it.
On the mounds field, I did put my hand down an a dead tumbleweed and got a hand full of stickers. No big deal (remember this is woods ball.) Either wear gloves or watch where you put your hands.

I didn't think the prices were bad compared to some other places I've been back east.
$10 gets you in the gate and free HPA all day.
$18 - 500 rounds
$30 - 1000 rounds
$55 - 2000 rounds
Also, if you buy a $100+ marker from Challenge park's store in the South Plains mall, they will wave the $10 entry/HPA fee for up to 10 times in the next year. SO, if you are in the market for a Pirhana or Tippman this ought to be considered because if you play 10 times it's like getting $100 off of a marker.

The refs and staff were all friendly and helpful. Likewise all the players from young to not so young were all good sportsmen. I saw no bad attitudes and heard no foul words all day which makes my day all the better for it.

Since I'm a woods ball player I'm going to give it a woods ball player rating of 10. But if I were to rate it just on the speed ball I'd have to give it a 5 for rocks and glass.

On a final note, I took my little brother. This was his first time to play some real paintball and he (like I) had an absolute blast. And that to me is what ultimately recomends any field. Did we have a great time? Absolutley.
 

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