The addition of the courts was made possible by the Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation and the support of the James M. Cox Foundation. Jim Kennedy, chairman of Cox Enterprises and the Cox Foundation, said Foster “encouraged thousands of people to get out on the courts and be active.”
“He always answered the phone ‘Tennis Center, Ralph’ so I started calling him that, and it became his nickname. He called me ‘Newspaper Jim,” Kennedy said in a press release. “He was a great guy and we are happy to name the courts in his memory.”
Cox Enterprises owns The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other Atlanta-based companies.
A public commemorative event and dedication ceremony will be held by the Friends of Bitsy Grant Tennis and city of Atlanta on Sept. 4 at 4 p.m. Women’s and men’s bathrooms have also been added.
The new Bobby Jones Golf Course, which opened as Atlanta's first public golf course in 1932, is expected to open in November.
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The $23,000,000 will help transform the 1932 golf course to a reversible nine-hole course, a driving range and a new clubhouse with indoor training areas and outdoor practice areas.