The Masters may blaze with azaleas, but golf's other rite of
spring, the Kraft Nabisco Championship (a.k.a. the Dinah Shore),
is always more colorful. At Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho
Mirage, Calif., blue-haired ladies sit side by side with younger
fans sporting more exotic plumage, and when the golfing ends for
the day, more than 30,000 women paint the town red. The Dinah is
the most unusual dichotomy in sports: a sober major championship
set amid the high jinks of a sexually charged spring break. In
its own way the Dinah is also a monument to tolerance. For a
week it's possible to live and let live--with gusto.
THREE COLOR PHOTOS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY RACHEL COBB SCENE AND BE SEEN Last Saturday in Palm Springs, the Girl Rock Pool Party at the Doral Resort drew an overflow crowd during the day, while the Jungle Fever Party (above) at the Riviera Resort was the place to be at night. A few fans even found time to get out to Mission Hills and watch Marisa Baena play a few holes in the Nabisco Championship.
THREE COLOR PHOTOS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY RACHEL COBB IT TAKES ALL KINDS While troops from the nearby Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center volunteered to uphold tournament standards, singer Sophie B. Hawkins made sure her fans had a ball poolside.
THREE COLOR PHOTOS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY RACHEL COBB HOLDING STEADY The week played a tattoo of bare midriffs, dancing at Osko's and Easter strolls at Mission Hills.
The thousands of women who descend on Palm Springs for this
weekend are welcome. It's spring break with credit cards.