Eleven years ago, Sandy Sachs and Robin Gans, owners of the Los Angeles lesbian club Girl Bar, came to the tournament, were bored rigid, and saw an opportunity.They started promoting hotel packages, music clubs and pool parties during the golf weekend, which initially attracted sports fans looking for something to do once the golf was through mid-afternoon, and women who just wanted to be around other women in a convivial atmosphere.It's a bit of cattle market for finding a new girlfriend at the Friday and Saturday-night clubs, although, as personal trainer Adrienne, who comes every year, tells me: 'It's possible to find the love of your life here. But my girlfriend and I have been in wedded bliss ever since.' There are go-go dancers at the club nights, leaving little to the imagination both in their dress and dancing. On the whole, there's nothing for me and my buddies to do but check they're not bringing in their own alcohol.
'We only went because we knew one of the players, who was then the girlfriend of one of my exes.
It was exhausting, all that walking, walking, walking in the heat.
The LPGA won't admit it but the lesbian bars and clubs in Palm Springs tell the real story.
Veronica Lee found that the thousands of women who turn up for the Dinah Shore Classic aren't all there for the golf Palm Springs, California, springtime.
One distressed family were put right off their breakfast muffins by the sound of a breakfast muffing going on next door.
Local straight guys, too, cottoned on and sat around the pool, waiting for some lesbo action, prepared with the two questions that straight men always ask lesbians; 'What do you do in bed?
'As far as I'm concerned,' said one marshal, 'it has always been the Dinah Shore tournament and always will. 'And it's not just lesbians here, lots of locals come too.' Indeed they do, as Palm Springs is a golfer's paradise, with 100 courses within a 40-minute drive in the Coachella Valley. Despite a Nabisco declaration at the media launch of the tournament that they wish 'to make it more relevant' (whatever that may mean), mention the L-word and people suddenly go deaf, or even escort you off the premises.
That woman is revered in these parts.' I tell him rumour has it that Nabisco took her name off because the tournament had become synonymous with lesbians. l chat to a septuagenarian couple in the club bar, Madeline and Marv, snowbirds who escape the harsh Washington winter to stay in Palm Springs. 'The world has moved on.' But not for the LPGA, I suggest, who appear to be afraid of the L-word. At a previous tournament a journalist was asked to leave the press area when she made the mistake of asking some of the players if they were gay. When I asked Nabisco's press representative about lesbians in the sport, the atmosphere got more and more frosty and the answers more and more terse. 'That is not something we would like to comment on.' Do a lot of lesbians follow the tour? 'Goodbye.'Girl Bar, whose events each attract between 2,000 and 3,000 women, books out complete hotels for the weekend (two this year, with more than 700 double rooms).
Because Shore was a big Hollywood name, she was able to get friends in the business to give their support, and the event took off as her presence attracted all-important sponsors.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating