After completing a week’s work experience when he was 15 and a student at Monifieth High School, Boath joined as an apprentice in 1996 and worked his way up from greenkeeper, to deputy head greenkeeper on the Burnside Course, to deputy head greenkeeper on the Championship Course for the 2007 Open then, in 2012, when Sandy Reid became Links Superintendent, he became head greenkeeper on the Championship Course.
In his 23 years at the Links, Boath has been a part of three Opens, two Senior Opens and one Women’s British Open and, after Reid left to replace Gordon Moir as director of greenkeeping at St Andrews Links, Boath hopes he will oversee many more major golf events in his new role.
“It’s an honour” he told UK Club Golfer. “I am looking forward to leading the fantastic team we have here at Carnoustie Golf Links.”
“This role is a little bit different. I’m more in the office overseeing all three of the courses rather than just the Championship. Each course has a head greenkeeper so my role is quite heavily based around making sure that they’re ok and making sure they have all they need to succeed on their courses.”
“I want us to keep going forward and developing as a facility. We’ve got the Links House now, which is fantastic, and we want to continue to progress that and make our golf courses accessible to everybody. I want to be in this role for the next time the Open comes and onwards. I love this place and I live and breathe the golf course.”