Alfred “Tup” Holmes’ contributions to golf and its desegregation have received recognition both during his lifetime and after, continuing his, and his family’s, legacy. Tup received the “27” Club Award from the influential Atlanta African American organization by the same name in 1956 for “outstanding community citizenship service” and his efforts towards racial equality.
The Alfred Tup Holmes Memorial Golf Course
On Saturday, August 20, 1983, Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young rededicated and renamed Adams Park Golf Course as the Alfred “Tup” Holmes Memorial Golf Course. The course is owned by the city, and available for the enjoyment of any golfer – a fitting tribute to its namesake. The rededication came about after J.R. “Honey” Smith, an amateur golfer, and city Councilmember Jim Maddox worked to gather support to rename the course. The rededication marked the first time in Georgia that a public facility was named for an African American man, and just the fourth time a facility was so named in the United States.