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Private Asherwood golf courses now open for charity play

For a limited time this fall, golfers can enjoy the luxury of a private course experience while supporting a worthy cause.

The Asherwood Estate Golf Courses of Carmel – designed for the Simon family by Steve Smyers with input from mentor Pete Dye – are open for play from now through Nov. 4, with proceeds benefiting the Great American Songbook Foundation. Philanthropist Bren Simon recently donated the entire 107-acre estate on Ditch Road to the Songbook Foundation in support of its mission of music education and historic preservation.

The Asherwood courses include the Long Course, a 6,600-yard par-72 with 13 greens that can be played three different ways totaling 27 holes; and the Short Course, a 2,356-yard executive par-3 with 13 greens that can be played from different tee boxes to create 18 challenging holes. Among the highlights is the “Island Green,” often compared to the infamous Hole 17 at Florida’s Sawgrass golf complex.

Tee times are available Tuesdays through Sundays each week in exclusive half-day or full-day packages starting at $1,500 per foursome, which includes a tax-deductible donation. Players may bring their own refreshments and snacks and will have access to the fully furnished Clubhouse, locker room and golf carts. Asherwood has no concessions, pro shop or caddy service.

For information and reservations, call (317) 843-3800 or visit

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