It's on Ft. Lewis I'm in the Air Force so I can get in no problem don't know if civilians can get in willy-nilly,
After going there and only there since I started paintballing I began thinking that it was a very expensive place, but after reading reviews from other fields and seeing how much they charge I figure this place is pretty good.
This field is very woods ball oriented, considering they have acres upon acres of woods it's to be expected. They do have a small speedball field which is pretty enjoyable.
That I know they have three different Wood ball scenarios: The village, Hamburger Hill, and Upper Woods.
The Village - A small "valley" clearing in the middle of the woods. They have a bus, a few cars and mock houses for cover in the clearing. A creek delineates one side of the valley while the other side is high ground which overlooks the "valley". Elimination or CTF is played here. Both sides have its strengths and weaknesses. The high ground side can shoot down on the "valley" the creek side can follow the creek to the high ground's right flank. It's pretty fun but if you get a crappy team against people that have played here before you will surely get smashed.
Hamburger Hill - A pretty steep hill surrounded by woods on all sides but the back which off limits. There is cover spread out everywhere in this scenario, giant trees everywhere you go and plywood bunkers spread throughout. The main object is to get to the top of the hill and set off a charge next to a tower. The defending team has ample cover with bunkers, trees, and strategically placed branches next to trenches. The attacking team has its work cut out, if the defending team even halfway knows what they're doing.
Upper woods - Open woods delineated with boundaries on all sides. Elimination or CTF can be played here. Have only played this one once with tons of people and it was tons of fun.
I've never been to any other speedball courses so I can't really judge but from what I seen from reviews and PSP webcasts it's extremely small, but fun nonetheless.
Hmmmm I have mixed feelings about this. Out of the 5 Times or so that I've been there I would say that I had a bad experience 4 of those times. They mainly stem from whom I believe to be the owner or one of the employees. I don't know her name but her way of treating customers is appalling. I want to make a clear distinction here there is yelling and then there is shouting/screaming. This woman constantly shouts/screams directions rather than speaking loudly or yelling to get someone's attention. Most of her screaming is due to people not having their barrel condoms on. It's happened twice where I've had barrel condom on and mistakenly this incredibly abrasive woman has shouted/screamed at me to put it on and it annoys to no end when she does that. Mind you I'm only using the word abrasive to describe her because above it said not to be pejorative or insult anyone, otherwise I would have some choice words on how to describe her. Another instant I sitting outside in a table fixing an air leak on my 98 custom with barrel off with the hopper removed and no balls in the breech with the marker facing down I squeezed the trigger twice letting go two gusts of air. She then proceeded berate me not to do that. I interjected saying that there were no balls in the gun, she cut me off saying that it didn't matter. Not wanting to get kicked off the field I shut my mouth and said ok. There's more but Iím tired of talking about her. I said I had mixed feelings about it because I have that woman but I don't want the field that I go to losing business/ paintballers that I can play against. I've been meaning to make a complaint to the Army MWR about her and never got around to it but I think this review slightly changed of course would be perfect to submit to them.
Their pro shop -- if you can call it that. They hardly carry anything. Every time that I have called there asking if they have something they either don't carry it, never have it, or it is way more expensive than other places. Example, I wanted an apex barrel Danger Zone pro shop Price $99 - Splat Attack price $49. I also had a bad experience here. I'm pretty new to the sport. The first time going paintballing without a group of friends I wanted to get some of my own gear. I went to their pro shop and wanted a mask and a pack because I already had a marker. The guy helped me out with the mask no problem, but when it came to the pack he decided to be greedy and deceitful. I remember them selling these cheap packs over at the field for $14, I asked him to call the field and see if they still had any, he said no and convinced me to buy a $65 dollar empire pack because they didn't have the other one. I go to the field and am paying for my field fee and buying balls, and what do I see? Nothing other than the $14 dollar pack that I wanted. I don't know guy's name but he is a chubby guy that works there, avoid him at all costs! The only person I've found helpful there was the skinny guy with the goatee that is also a ref over at the field sometimes. When I was just getting into paintball I went there and talked to him and he gave me all the info I wanted. Hate to say this but even though they one helpful employee, I would stay away from that place altogether. Gouged prices, bad employees are reasons enough.
That's my review. If you disagree you can suck it Trebek! lol No jk leave me a comment and Iíll reply promptly.
Last edited on Monday, September 26th, 2011 at 10:52 pm PST
I'm pretty sure it's the owner's wife you're talking about. don't worry, you aren't the only one with problems with her.
As for the pro-shop, I hear you. It's a bit of a drive, but there's a new one down in Olympia that just opened up recently, They may not have what you're after in stock, But they'll happily order it for you.
Me, I stopped playing at DZ a little while back. the other fields in the area aren't great either, but almost anything is better than dealing with DZ. NWPP in bremerton is pretty good (bit of a drive, though), and there's always out;aw games in the area.