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slakr Sunday, January 20th, 2008
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: January 19th, 2008
6 months
Other Fields
in the Area:
Not sure-- I'm used to playing in North Carolina. In comparison to there, it's less woods-y and the individual fields themselves are smaller, but there are more of them and rotation goes a lot faster.
to the Field:
The directions on their website are good, and google maps will help you out no matter where you live. :P
Review: I was kind of nervous after hearing about the "grumpy old man" or whatever, but truth be told, I looked all around for him and couldn't find him. Instead, I did find an amazingly friendly woman, presumably the owner/co-owner and her daughter staffing the front desk. Both were exceptionally friendly and right on-the-ball when it came to professionalism and welcoming demeanor. She treated the younger players, presumably frequent visitors, like their own children. I was able to hang around for about 15 minutes while they worked on my gun, and I picked up on a few conversations between the staff and refs that were buzzing about, and yet again, her interactions between them were amazingly professional, and it would seem that it was reflected in their jobs.

Price-wise, I feel it was worth it. They didn't seem to be money-grubbers, either, and clearly resisted the urge to gouge people in their pro shop. Very cool. I had to say, though, that the pro shop was a little under-stocked in comparison to others I've seen. Perhaps that was because it was a Saturday (which is presumably one of their busiest days).

The main complaint I would have, though, is that they didn't have an indoor staging area of any sort. The only indoor area was the food/pro shop, and there wasn't enough room to stand around or sit down. It would seem to me they could make a greater draw if they simply built some sort of shack or even a cheap barn-like building that was heated (or not), because the cold wind during the winter was a whip. I hear that during the summer, it's also gruelingly hot, but that's also hear-say-- I'll update here when that time rolls around. Just be sure that no matter what, if you're going during the winter, wear something warm, and in the summer, bring lots of water and stay cool.

The refs were great. They seemed a little rushed at times, but none of the ones I ran across were immature, power-yielding, or otherwise unprofessional. Same goes for the players-- most of them where respectful and kind. There was the occasional exception of an annoying loud-mouth, but I only ran across one in a game once (out of a total of 10 or so games I played). As a whole, the refs did a good job of keeping the annoying players' egos in check. :P

I didn't eat or use the restrooms there, so I can't really comment on either, but the prices for the food looked very reasonable (and food was actually included on some of the packages they were selling, again at a reasonable price).

Safety-wise, they had two chronographs, but they weren't staffed and nobody was readily available to help new players with adjustments should they be needed. However, their barrel sock/mask-on enforcement was exceptionally good.

For walk-ons, there were new games readily available, and during peak times it seemed like there was a new one at least every 15 minutes.

Their air field doesn't look like it's going to be ready any time soon, though, because it looked like they were working on it futilely, but who knows. *shrug*.

I would have liked much more forest when it came to the woods-y stuff, but I'm more of the sniper, and in the fields to which we were sent, there was little time nor cover for sniping. Bear in mind, this was during the winter, but still there was little natural cover (e.g., leaves and such). Ah well. *shrug*.

Overall, I had a blast, despite essentially being forced to play an action position for every single round. :P Anyway, cheers =)

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