GCM - April 2001 - Viewpoint - Hassle-free relocating
Quite a number of us, at some time the area you will be moving to and
or another in our careers, are faced with looking at housing there. Leave plenty
the challenges of having to move — of time to become familiar with other
whether it’s across town or across the aspects of the new area, such as schools,
country. Sometimes that move is an churches, activities, programs for kids
exciting job opportunity; other times and possible job opportunities for your
it’s due to necessity. spouse. See if you can make these
I have recently taken a job as super- scouting trips fun and relaxing instead
intendent at Dacotah Ridge Golf Club, of trying to squeeze in too much. You’ll
a facility being constructed by the end up spending all your time on the
Mike Nelson Lower Sioux Indian community in road, where the potential for frustra-
Morton, Minn. The piece of property tion is great.
we have is fantastic, Rees Jones is the If you are doing all the packing your-
golf course architect, and the resources self, spread it out. Try to do a little every-
are in place for a world-class golf course day so when the time comes to load the
out here in southwestern Minnesota. truck, it won’t seem so overwhelming.
I’m looking forward to being a part of Also, as soon as you know your new
this project. address and the date you’ll be moving,
However, there are many things to let the post office know, along with util-
consider if you are looking at possibly ity companies and any other agencies or
relocating. Although the job opportu- organizations you do business with. This
nity may be attractive, you need to con- can be a hassle if you wait until moving
sider the important things in life before day to change your address.
making a final decision. In my case, my It’s been a few months since we
wife and I had very recently had a baby, moved, and we’re still getting settled in.
and the changes that we were going Our lifestyle is somewhat back to nor-
through — getting acquainted with the mal, and we’ve met a lot of nice people.
What’s your Viewpoint?
little one, my wife getting used to being Having lived in a big city all my life, I’m
GCM’s Viewpoint column is a an at-home mom, my new job — made dealing with a little culture shock. We’re
chance for superintendents for a potentially stressful situation. living just outside Redwood Falls,
and others in the golf indus- I don’t regret the decisions we’ve Minn. (pop. 5,100), and I’m still getting
try to sound off about issues made, but actually going through the used to looking out my windows and
from maintenance practices process opened my eyes to what’s seeing hay bales and combines within a
to the rules of golf. If you important in my life and where impor- few feet of the house.
have something to say to tant decisions should have their begin- But last night, standing outside my
other superintendents or the ning. I have a few suggestions that may home, I couldn’t help but notice the
golf world at large, GCM be of some help to someone who is incredible display of stars. It was right
encourages you to say it in relocating. Some of these I imple- about then I felt I could get used to this
Viewpoint. To contribute a col- mented; others, I wish I had. country living. GCM
umn, contact GCM editor Take time off between jobs, if possi-
Scott Hollister at (785) 832- ble. Many things require your attention
4456 or email@example.com. during this time. Getting your house
We’ll also need a color ready to go on the market might
photo. require some touch-up painting, carpet
Mike Nelson is the golf course superintendent at
cleaning or general organization. Dacotah Ridge Golf Club in Morton, Minn., and a
You will also be busy scouting out 10-year member of GCSAA.
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