‘Little Masters’ played on ‘Little Augusta’ at Guilford Lakes Golf Course for fun

GUILFORD — It was a no-brainer when two brothers who are golf nuts came up with the idea to hold “The Little Masters” on the scenic 9-hole Guilford Lakes Golf Course.

Peter Fertiguena of Branford got the inspiration for the Little Masters right from the municipal golf course’s website.

“They refer to themselves as ‘Little Augusta,’” Fertiguena said, chuckling.

While the public course isn’t famous nationally, it enjoys a wide reputation in the state. The hilly 23-acre, par 3 course, meanders alongside a winding residential road, 200 N. Madison Road, off Route 77. There’s plenty of wildlife to spot from three ponds on the course and the bordering 600-acre Timberlands Preserve, such as red-tailed hawks to visiting herons, ducks, deer, foxes and coyotes.

The brothers are sticklers for tradition when it comes to the Little Masters. They give out a size small green jacket, “The Little Green Jacket,” to the winner — a wink at the long custom at the legendary Masters Tournament held at Augusta National Golf Course, Augusta, Ga.

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