Colgate-Palmolive and the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA)
decided to inaugurate a new golf tournament in 1972 under the name
of TV star Dinah Shore, no one (not even Dinah!) thought the tournament
would become more than a premier sporting event in a tony California
desert resort. Who expected 10,000 lesbians to show up? At first
it was just a trickle, drawn to Rancho Mirage and nearby Palm Springs
by the idea of celebrating spring break poolside in the desert.
But within a decade, the Dinah Shore Golf Tournament, currently
known as the Kraft Nabisco Championship but still called The Dinah,
had become a gathering of epic proportion.
Golf? Who said anything about golf? The tournament week is crowded
with comedy concerts, pool parties, and tea dances. Promoters reserve
entire hotels, and the golf tournament is merely an excuse for the
year's biggest pool party.
This lavishly illustrated, oversize book celebrates all things Dinah,
history of the tournament highlighting the main players--with
gaydar ratings for each.
history of women's golf, of the city of Palm Springs, and of entertainer
Dinah Shore herself.
with club promoters, bartenders, and partygoers on the evolution
of the "Gay Dinah."
Style"--a look at the changing couture, including how to
get your polo shirt collar to stand up.
Dinah Guide," including how to get to Palm Springs and vicinity,
how to secure lodging and tickets, directions for getting around,
and a tourist guide to the area.