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.
April 7, 2002
The thousands of women who descend on Palm Springs for this
weekend are welcome. It's spring break with credit cards.