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Hoag Thursday, December 21st, 2006
Period of
Field Use:
2 years
Last There: September 17th, 2006
Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Next Paintball in Pickering -- An indoor field. Level floor, controlled temp & lighting. Totally different experience.
Directions
to the Field:
There is a good map to the field on the website, but basically, you just go out Four Mile Lake Road to Stanley's Road and turn left. The field is across the road from the Hydro Sub-Station.
Review: Bill, the owner of this field really appears to only care about one thing - ensuring that his customers have an extremely good time in a safe environment. A very high emphasis is placed on both fun and on safety, and the owner will work with the customer to ensure that, as they say, "a good time was had by all". On any given Sunday, you might find a group of regulars, guys from an organized team out there practicing, right to the other end of the experience spectrum, newbies who have never played before. As always, the players will set the tone. If the newbies want to play with the regulars, they can (It often provides for a very steep learning curve.) or if they prefer, Bill will set them up on a field of their own.

Unless there is a tournament on, the field is normally open only on Sundays, or by prior arrangement. There are four fields. Angel Park is a large woodlot with a tactically important hill on one side, and a lower heavily wooded area which provides ample cover on the other side. The Doors Field, while not exactly a speed-ball field does lend itself to face-paced action with covering fire being the only way to advance up the field. Wild Bill's Casino Field is a speed-ball field that emphasizes lane defence and rewards aggressive play. The last field is the Fort Field. This has a fort in the centre of the field that the key is to defend the fort at all costs. There is also a target range with a chrono, so if you have ever wondered what it would be like to see what your new marker can really do, go to the target range and let 'er rip without risking anyone being hit.

There are not many amenities at the field, so if (when) you come, be prepared. Pack a lunch, and some water, because there isn't any on site. (There is water for cleaning equipment, but not drinkable water). On the other hand, there is a large staging area that offers enough room for even the most disorganized person to spread out as much as they need.

The field does have some limitations. It is an outdoor field in Northern Ontario, so weather can severely limit the playing season. The lack of amenities can catch the unprepared person off guard. (There is a sub joint and a convenience store about five minutes away though.)

Overall, this field is one of the most enjoyable fields that I have played at. The variety of the fields, the referees and staff all contribute to a fun day. Even during the tournaments, emphasis is placed on fun. (This is the only place I have heard of that has an one-on-one tournament to see who is the "Top Gun" in town.) I highly recommend this field. Check out the website, then check out the field.
Last edited on Thursday, December 21st, 2006 at 8:41 pm PST
 

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