Of course, just because Sonny Guy was “public” didn’t mean that it was open to everyone. More than 30 years went by before Jackson’s African-American golfers got a home — and even then, hardly out of the goodwill of the city’s heart. In the late 1950s, segregated municipal golf courses throughout the South were being put to the test. The U.S. Supreme Court ordered Atlanta to desegregate its golf courses in October 1955. Black golfers in Columbus, Ga., tried to buy tee times at that city’s segregated course in January 1956. Charleston, S.C., sold its municipal course in 1958 rather than integrate it.
Jackson hoped to avoid a court challenge by opening a Blacks-only course.