With the construction of new golf courses waning in the United States, what's a golf course designer to do?

If you're Branden Wilburn, you start developing courses in new markets, such as Eastern Europe and Asia. And you move to the Charlotte region so you can get to faraway countries more easily.

An Indiana native who grew up on a farm, Wilburn, 32, previously lived in Florida. He's also spent time in Slovakia -- where his wife, Daniela, was born -- and in Scotland. Since December, his firm, Golf Design Studio, has been based in Huntersville, with offices in Florida and Slovakia.

MoneyWise spoke with Wilburn about the best markets for golf course construction, the benefits of a Charlotte-area headquarters and the challenges of building courses in foreign countries.

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