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GeronimoBALLER Monday, March 21st, 2011
Period of
Field Use:
More than 5 years
Last There: March 20th, 2011
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Hastings Paintball Club-a private course just across from Emerald Hills Golf Course. St. Croix Paintball-South out of Hudson. 'One-Timers' @ an assortment of both speedball courses and woodsball fields over the course of like 10+ years.
to the Field:
Check the field's site. They have very straight forward directions on how to get there from all directions.
Review: First, I want to cover the basics about this field. Go to Their site and read all the information they have posted in their own words. The site covers virtually everything about safety, hours of operation, directions, rules, and services. My review is not going to be based on any one of my opinions, but rather just straight facts that I have seen with my own eyes from playing at this field as a 'walk-on' for around 4 years now.
There have been vast improvements made to this field and many of there courses (including several new courses) over the 5+ years I have played here. They have those Big games every month and some HUGE games like a few times a year...which they have special information bannered all over their site at you. They have a D-Day course which is cool, but made for like "Ironman" games(totally one-sided...LIKE D-Day!!!) They have a course with a fort and downed plane on it. Another course with more forts on each side of a valley. Another course with an Urban setup. Another course with like a basic woodsball layout with a tower along a main road that runs through the middle of a course based on a gradual graded slope, canopied with thick woods and all sorts of barrels and other battlefield shelters and hides and barriers. I mean their course selection is by FAR the best around hands down. The Refing is good, on days when they have legit staff working, but somedays they have some questionable staff and the refs and staff are really bad, I.E.---Not enough staff on for the day's expectation for the amount of players that show up---Mis-managed game times where they state " A new game every 20-30 minutes", when it actually on 50-75% of the time runs more like one game every hour to an hour and a half. Granted, the amount of people that show up makes a difference, but this is even the case on days where you may only have 20 players in the morning and by noon only about 10 more show up. Even when their Manager/CEO is present, somedays they just don't get it together. The worst in this regards is on some days the staff just is NOT inviting to new players and only caters to veterans. Again, if people disagree with this, its not opinion its FACT. If you don't believe me, go there and make your own opinions. However, on days when they are staffed properly and their staff is under good direction, the refing and games are smooth and great. Those Huge games have been staffed proportionately like the review states below me in regards to refs being everywhere which is GOOD. The biggest problem with this place currently is the new FPO rip-off pricing that they have. Numerous concerns are circulating BIG-TIME about this amongst the avid woodsball players that have been coming out to this field for years and years. Even though I will try to stay non-biased on this subject I believe you will certainly get a feel of where I stand on this. They originally stated back in '09 prices would range 45-65 for 2000 balls based on anything Key-Action Sports offers for paint and at their grade-levels. Look around and you will see what I am talking about. Currently in 2011 I recieved a response from the CEO that its 15 dollars for entry fee and now a fixed 65 for 2000 balls with a dedicated response specifically non-addressing the brand of the ball except stating "Our Field Special Paint". I have despite what others say, been there and played with this moderate paint that shoots moderate/just above levels of poor. I shoot a brand NEW GUN (Tippman Phenom...Yeah Baby!!!) and have not been impressed with their "FP" at all.
In Conclusion, Splat Tag Inc. is great, but the recent years of FPO at the currently "Rip-off " prices has really got a community of woodsballers thinking about where they stand and how deep their pockets go. I know the field is a business and by all means needs to conduct that business to reach thier means, but I and a community of players do not agree with the fact of high priced balls when they are a $45 woodsball grade box of 2000 rounds. Fresh and taken care of or not, this place rips you off on paint. FINAL. An all day affair for the average shooter to have fun is roughly 2000 rounds for a 8-10 hour day (maybe as low as a 4-6 hour day for trigger-happy gents!) a price of $80 for a single day. THINK ABOUT IT. I really don't want to upset players, but my truth is shown in one simple gallop here....I am the first person to accurately review this place as non-biased as I could be in almost 2 years. And in absolute conclusion, the place is good, but the UNFAIR prices on paint really makes a person question the "New Business Direction" and "Field to Consumer Respect" when it blatently rips you off on paint. READ IT! REVIEW IT! RESPECT IT!

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