Tup Holmes decided to press the case further, at great risk. He rejected the system of partial access to public facilities and worked to get the case before the US Supreme Court. The Court agreed to hear the case in 1955-one year after the landmark decision in Brown v. Board that ruled that separate but equal accommodations were a violation of the 14th Amendment. The court ordered an end to all discriminatory practices at public courses. A New York Times editorial hailed the decision on Nov. 9, 1955, supporting the Court's decision that desegregation means desegregation, not segregation on an equal basis. According to law, public golf courses must be open to all. However, the decision did not apply to private courses.
Tup's memory lives on in Atlanta today. Garrett Gill and George B. Williams designed Alfred Tup Holmes Golf Course. The course is located just fifteen minutes north of Atlanta international airport, and all are welcome thanks to the efforts of Tup Holmes and his family.