1) Mahr's meadow plays through an almost entirely hardwood forest (largely aspen) and adjacent prairie land. The woods holes generally have very well defined, grass covered fairways. The varied landscape is used well and there is a decent mix of open, lightly, moderately, and heavily wooded holes. The course is very flat, but what little elevation that is there is used well enough. There are a couple raised baskets on holes 2 and 3 to liven up the wide open holes, but 3 is very nice as it's on a natural looking mound rather than just a wooden box like hole 2.
2) From a hole design standpoint, there is nothing outstanding here, but it's generally average or above (with the exception of 1, 2 and 3 just throwing back and forth across a wide open field). 3 is the best of these openers, but it's still just wide a wide open hole at the end of the day. There is a large range of hole distances, and most all players with be throwing putter, mid, and driver off the tee depending on the hole. Though, many holes do err towards the shorter side. Many of the holes reward a well executed shot (or two on 6 and 17) with a pretty easy birdie look but will still will punish you for being off. While most of the holes rely on the basic 'throw straight then let it fade' shot shape, which does get a little old, there is a decent mix on lefty and righty holes as well as a couple demanding lines to hit that keep it interesting enough to make most holes feel unique and fun. Hole 5 is just straight ahead with a moderately small gap at C2ish range that requires a straight finish to keep it close. Hole 6, my personal favorite, is a Par 5 (par 4, more realistically) ~650ft with a demanding tee shot through an early tunnel with thick rough left and OB road right, then a decently protected basket that requires two very good shots to get an easy 3. Hole 9 has a couple mid-fairway trees about 100ft out that force you to pick a line and hit it to get you easy 2. Hole 12 requires a slight RHBH/LHFH flex shot unless you want to push the early tree on the right and risk a really bad kick. Hole 14 is super short, but very very tight while still having two pretty well defined line choices to the pin. Hole 17 is a pretty short par 4 that has a tight gap off the tee where missing it can give you some very bad kicks, but a nice straight 350ft, or big RHBH hyzer, will usually give you a pretty routine look at birdie.
3) Tee signs are just very basic images of the UDisc map, but they get the job done and do a more than adequate job of getting across the shape of the hole. Better than many courses, but still not really that useful on the many blind basket placements around the course.
4) Navigation is a breeze. The course flows extremely well and is very intuitive to follow. The transition from 7 to 8 could see someone accidentally skipping 8/9 and going straight to 10, but you'd really have to not be paying attention to do it as the tee posts/signs are marked clearly.
5) Benches are not extremely frequent around the course, but they do exist and are in great shape. Great for a mid-round break if you need it, but you likely won't be needing them for any backups as the course seems pretty lightly used. I played two rounds over almost 3 hours and saw exactly zero other people on the course.
1) Natural pads. In most places they aren't rutted out and the wooden markers in the ground are easy to find on almost every hole, but this is always a con for me as they can very quickly degrade at any time. A few a getting pretty worn down and are close to becoming tripping hazards and hole 1 doesn't have a tee mark that I could find. Any kind of permanent pad (rubber, turf, concrete, pavers, anything) would almost certainly see me bump the rating up to 2.5.
2) There is a wetland area just next to the course that spills onto some of the holes. Even considering I played the course in the spring, the course was holding much more water (mud and standing water) than almost every other course I have played around the same time this year. A couple areas (specifically off the fairway on 14) seem like areas that are just always wet and/or have some standing water. Unfortunately, these are also on some of the more technical holes on the course where any mistake gives you a pretty high risk of walking off the hole with wet feet. The first three holes also had some standing water when I played, but that definitely seems like it dries out much easier and quicker than the swampy area around 12, 13, 14, 15.
3) In some places the layout is outright dangerous if the course was ever busy. Holes 1, 2, and 3 run very closely to each other in alternating directions. Holes 6 and 17 literally share a fairway but run in opposite directions. They also run alongside a moderately busy road and ending up on/over it on 17 is a very real possibility with a bad shot or kick off the early trees. Holes 12 and 15 share a fairway then dogleg off in opposite directions. Lastly, hole 14s basket is very close to 15s tee (and by extension the shared fairway of 12/15). This course is not in any way fit for tournament play and has severely limited capacity/throughput for this reason. Though, as previously mentioned, this course does not seem heavily played at all so this should seldom be an issue.
4) There is an abundance of very short holes. This is hardly a con as they are mostly still fun and they don't really degrade from the fun of the course but I do believe it is worth mentioning.
5) Like most courses in the Midwest, especially lighter trafficked ones, there is some very overbearing rough to be found. Even when I played in late March getting off the fairway at any point on many of the holes would instantly send you to bogey or worse territory. I imagine this only gets worse in the summer. Additionally, there are quite a few prickly plants, vines, and brambly bushes to be found. Even if you are playing in the summer heat I would not recommend playing in shorts as you'll probably leave with some scuffed up legs.
Overall, I rate Mahr's Meadow as an average course that is brought down by a couple minor cons and one very large one. As mentioned above, I think some permanent tee pads would be enough for me to up the course to a 2.5, but never anything above that. Looking at the holes in isolation from the rest of the course, a 3.0 would likely be my rating, but the cons (specifically the safety issues due to overlapping fairways) make that a definite no for me. This course sits in a pretty disc golf sparse part of rural central WI so if you are driving across the state and looking a quick place to stop and play, I would recommend the course. But I wouldn't recommend centering a trip around it, the Tower Ridge courses in just down Hwy 29 in Eau Claire are a much better candidate for that.