wolfs ridge is a great field. it may not be a professional speedball field but it is a great place to play. it has a massive woods field...and another speedball like field which is huge and fun to play on. Carl, the guy who runs the feild is really nice and always has new games to play. my only complaint about the feild is that shots below the kness and elbows dont count....i can deal with the gun not counting but that rule is kinda stupid. Carl and the rest of the staff are extremely strict about safety rules...which is good. barrell plugs are always a must and goggles on the field is strictly enforced. i dont kno where the other people writing reviews on wolfs ridge got the idea that they werent safe.....but anyways check it out.
Last edited on Sunday, June 15th, 2003 at 11:05 am PST
Wolf's ridge is a nice place to play, often the people you play tend to be really nice. The owner/ref Carl is also very nice, but their laziness and other refs there however, make the experience horrible. Recently I was there with a large church group, and while they were all nice people, the refs were letting them walk around the staging area firing their guns, shooting the porta-bathroom with paintballs. And while in-between games, when this was happening, they would run out of air and paint, and we would have to wait longer for them to get re-filled. It's a great way to make money by not having your refs pay attention. And on field, they are just as bad. For example, a ref was fixing some kids gun, and while he was walking off(at the wrong angle mind you, right behind the kid) the kid started blind firing, so naturally I shot at him, and apparently I came close to hitting the ref. So he came over, threw a hissy fit about how he told me not to shoot him while he fixed the kids gun, and then walked off, and ignoring me when I asked for paint-checks on the kid as I continuously shot the kid's gun as tried to blind fire. But wait! Gun hit's don't count at Wolf's ridge, so it was all in vain. An amazing waste of my time, paint, and air. If you're desperate to play paintball, Wolf's ridge is a good option, if you're going for weekly casual play, you'll soon find it to be a nuisance.
Last edited on Sunday, April 27th, 2003 at 8:24 am PST
High Velocity Paintball (VERY good field in Salem)
I also have my own private field.
Well, to put it bluntly Wolf's Ridge is quite possibly one of the worst fields I have had the misfortune of playing at. Their so called field netting is nothing more than 8 year old fishnet and has many holes in it from paintballs. They also don't require you to chronograph onto the field every time and do not enforce players to keep their goggles on and barrel plugs in. This field is not safe at all.
They also never have enough air. They can only fill compressed air up to 2000psi and then proceed to charge $6 dollars for it.
The referees at this field are all very unprofessional. They would get very angry if anyone accidentally shot them and then would proceed to yell at the player who accidentally shot them. What's even worse is that a lot of them stand in the fire lanes so it's unavoidable.
Their field also has many random holes in it. I had a friend who twisted his ankle on the holes and ended up having his goggle fly off of his face. The refs clearly saw this happen and let the game proceed even though my friend didn't have his goggles on. What makes it even worse is this happened a SECOND time that same day.
Wolf's Ridge also does not take care of their own equipment. It's obvious that their goggle lenses have never been changed in the course of several years. They also use windex on their goggles (which deteriorates the integrity of the goggles). Their markers are in poor condition too. I cannot tell you how many times an unfortunate newbie had problems with his/her gun and ended up getting shot because of it.
Ah yes, this field also allows blind firing which is yet another dangerous thing. The newbies just stick their guns over the tops of their bunker and shoot in all directions. Oh and keep in mind here at Wolf's Ridge hits in the gun, below the elbow, and below the knee don't count. So basically no matter how many times you shoot this kid's marker, he's still in.
The fields are also in horrific conditions. As I mentioned above there are random holes for you to trip on. There was also an incident one year where an unfortunate player had a bee fly inside his mask because there was a bees nest in one of the bunkers which Wolf's Ridge neglected to get rid of.
As you can see I could easily go on and on about the lack of quality at this field but I feel that devoting this much time to something obviously not worth it is completely preposterous. In other words, save your money and your safety and DO NOT play at Wolf's Ridge.
There is one other field in the area, "Paintball Massacre", but AVOID IT AT ALL COSTS!
Wolf's Ridge is a great field. They have a nice staging area, always have plenty of paint and air on hand, and always provide plenty of water for not only drinking, but also cleaning of gear. Carl, who owns the field and is always there to ref, is one of the nicest guys I know. He is constantly coming up with inventive ways to improve upon the field; I don't think I have been there twice in a row where several things weren't changed in the meantime. They have two HUGE fields, the smaller one is an open speedball-ish field. The other one, which is wooded, is absolutely monstrous in size. Both fields have a fort at either end to use as a base. The fields themselves are very fun to play on.
For larger games, the other refs that help Carl out are always friendly and professional, keeping the games run smoothly. There is an excellent safety briefing at the beginning of the day, and everyone, not just the newbs, is forced to listen. If they see you walking around the staging area without a barrel plug/condom in/on, they immediately tell you to take care of that.
This is a first class operation, and I HIGHLY recommend it.
Sadly no other places, not to say this field was a bad one.
This field had local players/employees from the store to ref and they know what they are doing , nice staff and great filed for 10 bucks to get in considering to you get a free air fill and pump rentals are free 5 dollars for a semi. I would suggest checking it out if you are in the area to play.