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The two eager young men have grown into some serious business men over the past 10 years. Luckily, the twinkle in the eye we had in the beginning of this journey and the passion for what we are doing still remain.

Golf GameBook is all about people – those who came up with the original idea just as well as those who have fallen in love with it. Kalle Väinölä (on the left) and Mikko Manerus are the founding fathers of Golf GameBook.


Golf GameBook was founded by two PGA professionals and junior golf mentors
, Kalle Väinölä & Mikko ‘Mane’ Manerus, who share a vision of making golf more relevant, fun and welcoming to all with the help of modern technology. At first GameBook was a handheld scoring device supporting a variety of different game formats. Today it is a digital scorecard that gives you a gallery of fans every time you’re on the golf course and a diary to store your golf memories – like a clubhouse in your pocket. And in the future? Well, who knows.

The way we see it, amateur golfers aren’t all that different to professionals. They too have dedicated hours upon hours to the betterment of their game. When they sink a long-range putt, the elation is the same. Just like the pros, amateurs feel their heart stop every time the ball leaves their club, and know all too well the distance between failure and glory can be less than an inch.

And yet, professional golfers get all the attention. They’re followed around the course by a gallery of fans who
keep a close eye on every stroke, ride the rollercoaster of emotions and offer support along the way. Seems a little unfair that amateurs don’t get any of that, don’t you think? We thought so. That’s why we created Golf GameBook, an award-winning social live scoring mobile app that takes a golfer’s audience beyond their immediate playing group. Our digital platform connects golfing buddies and allows everyone to share live results, round summaries, comments, photos and videos – no matter where they are.

Even if you’re a small-time golfer, you can have a community of players, pals and fans following your game, cheering you on or giving you a bit of friendly trash talk when things aren’t going your way.

With Golf GameBook, every round is a round worth talking about.

Join the conversation! 52 Comments

  1. Is there a windows phone version coming??

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    • Hi A-J! WP-version is in our road map and we are considering it but at this point I cannot promise any more specific schedule. Stay up tp date and follow our website as well as twitter and facebook page. We’ll first tell our latest news there.

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  2. Can this application keep a match play score or nassau format? We are playing in a Ryder Cup format golf tournament this weekend and every match is a two many match play against their opponent. It doesn’t seem like this application can keep a match play score system, but wanted to check in case I am missing it?
    Thanks
    Gary

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  3. A few things…

    First, I really like the app, it’s a really valuable tool and I think you’re going in the right direction.

    Ok, my questions:
    1. We play 2 groups against each other using a 2 net best ball format and we ran into some problems and need clarification.

    – When using handicaps, you assume all players are getting full hdcp strokes and not “stroking off” the lowest hdcp. The high handicappers think this is right as we “normally” stroke off the lowest player.

    – There’s no way to see the standing of the match between groups, is that right? We ended up having to write down the scores from the App and keep a running match score manually.

    – The wager amount is the total wager of all players added together, so it’s more like a “pot”. In our terms, a $5 Nassau between 4 players is $15 total per player. In GameBook are we supposed to enter $15×4=$60 Nassau?

    – Any timeframe on getting the game “Nines” included?

    – 10 votes for Match Play games.

    Bravo! You’re light years ahead of the others already!

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    • Hey Dominic! Thanks a lot for your comments & questions! My responses to them are below:

      1. We play 2 groups against each other using a 2 net best ball format and we ran into some problems and need clarification.
      Assuming you mean you play in groups of 4 players taking 2 best net scores per group, stroke play.

      – When using handicaps, you assume all players are getting full hdcp strokes and not “stroking off” the lowest hdcp. The high handicappers think this is right as we “normally” stroke off the lowest player.

      With GameBook, you can decide how to use handicaps. You can either use handicap index rounded to the nearest whole number or you can use sloped handicaps based on the tees you play from (course rating and slope applied to handicap index). Or you can apply any handicap you want for each of the players. If you want to “stroke off”, which I assume means that the lowest handicap player plays with handicap zero, then you can simply reduce the handicap of each player. Once the game has been set and started, you can click on the players name and change the handicap from the scorecard view. If the lowest handicap player plays, for example, with handicap 5, you can reduce the handicap of each play accordingly.

      – There’s no way to see the standing of the match between groups, is that right? We ended up having to write down the scores from the App and keep a running match score manually.

      Unfortunately GameBook does not yet support match play. One work around (for individual stroke play) is to set up a skins game without carryovers and GameBook displays the number of holes won by each player.

      – The wager amount is the total wager of all players added together, so it’s more like a “pot”. In our terms, a $5 Nassau between 4 players is $15 total per player. In GameBook are we supposed to enter $15×4=$60 Nassau?

      This depends if you are playing Nassau individually (not team) within your group (4 players excluding the other group), within both groups (8 players) or if you are playing Nassau between your best ball teams. To set up a 5-5-5 Nassau for an individual game, on game set up / game selection you would set wagers on and have 5 units for each (front 9, back 9 and total). But this will set up wagers for all the players in that game – not just your group. If you want to set up a 5-5-5 Nassau for the 2 net best ball game, on game set up / game selection you would set wagers on and have 20 units for each (front 9, back 9 and total). This will spit the wager among the 4 players – 5 each. This is a little tricky, but once you understand the logic, it is fairly simple: wagers are for all the players/groups in the game and team wager amounts are split by the number of players in the team. If you just want to have a 5-5-5 Nassau among the players in your own group, then you can’t have the other group in the game at all – this is something that will be changed for future.

      – Any timeframe on getting the game “Nines” included?

      We have many new game formats on our road-map, Nines is one of them. Can’t give you a time frame, but we continuously develop GameBook and many new fun features will be released this spring. 

      – 10 votes for Match Play games.

      Match play is of high demand and included in GameBook at some point!

      Bravo! You’re light years ahead of the others already!

      Thanks!

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  4. What is the purpose of the “Reserve Groups” and is it possible to turn it off or unlock it?

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    • It shows groups that has been already created, and you can control (correct groups’ scores, change players etc.) from there. You’ll only see this “Reserve Groups” when you’ve created multigroup game. We are working W/ our next updates right now, the game setup will change a little in the future.

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  5. The match play / ryder cup formats are important to this app. I’ve been using the app for almost a year and have been asking for this addition. The answer is always that it is coming soon, but it never does and no definitive dates are given. Is any more information known about this?

    Same request/question with multi-round tournament tracking.

    These are crucial to have in a mobile scoring app.

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    • Hi Jonathan! Thanks for your feedback and questions! We know how bad you all want to get matchplay format available. Believe it or not but it’s pretty complicated to build in the app that it would work with other features. We are on it, and like said before, it’s coming, but first we want to develop that feature to be the best on the market -like our other features!

      Multi-round feature is palnned to release in coming summer! Thanks for your patience!

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  6. Any news/update regarding the GameBook for WP 8?

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    • Hi Kari!WP version has been wrote down to our road map but as we are developing our brand new online service right now with 100% focus, it’s not coming available anytime soon, not yet. Can’t give you the exact schedule, but we are monitoring the situation closely all the time and tell you as soon as there’s something to tell about the GB’s windows version

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  7. Thanks Olli for this update. I recently changed my iPhone to WP8 and I’m satisfied with this decision. The only thing that is missing is the GB for the WP8…

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    • What do you mean by online version? Mscorecard has perfect solution with html which can be used by all platforms like Anroid, iOS and WP. Before you have something similar I will stay with it and Lumia.

      Jarmo

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  8. Please, please, please … release the multi round scoring tournament mode for the general public.

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  9. It would be time to have Windows phone version available.
    I would like to change other apps to golfgamebook, not my phone 🙂

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  10. Guys. I’ve been using Gamebook for all of my tournaments for the Bogey Cup Tour for a couple years now. You have a great product. But you’ve fallen behind with the mutti-round scoring and Match Play. You should see what VPAR is doing.

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  11. Hi Olli – Any update on the multi round scoring?

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    • Hi George,

      Yes, multi-round is coming available early next year. Hard to give any exact date for that but we are working hard with it and try to get that out as soon as possible. Make sure to follow GameBook on Facebook and Twitter, those are the medias we will tell news first.

      Thanks
      Olli

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  12. Still waiting for the Windows Phone version. Any estimate for a WP8 release date? Or have decided not to release the app for WP?

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    • Hi Jani, we are currently researching getting GameBook to Windows Phones but can’t give you any exact schedule yet. So the answer to both of your questions is no 🙂

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  13. Any word on that match play option? Or Ryder Cup style tourney option? Could really use it by May 1.

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    • Hi Scott, sorry about taking so long to reply you! At the moment the Matchplay-format is under development and we will launch the Ryder Cup -format at some point as well, but currently we are focusing on the development of Matchplay. It will be out in the next couple of months, but unfortunately can’t make it by May 1.

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  14. Casting my votes for match play and multi round leaderboard. Love the app. Keep up the good work

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  15. A bit odd that Finnish developers totally ignore the Finnish market where Nokia and WP8 dominates. Rumors now says that WP apps that transparently works with GameBook is on the way from other software companies. Any comments on that and any comments why you prioritized the dying Blackberry before WP?

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    • Thank you for the feedback! You do have a good point there. We decided to launch the BlackBerry version before the WP version since the cross-platform tool which we used to develop the Android version was easily transformed into BlackBerry version without too much effort. About the rumours you might have heard, we don’t have any third-party Windows apps or companies at the moment. Also the Windows version is in testing phase and we will launch it as soon as we feel it’s ready to launch.

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  16. Any news abt WP app?

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    • Please bear with us just a moment longer! The Windows version is in testing phase and we will launch it soon.

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  17. We would really enjoy match play and Ryder cup format for 2014 season!!!

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    • Hi John, at the moment the Matchplay-format is under development and we will launch the Ryder Cup -format at some point as well, but currently we are focusing on the development of Matchplay. We are expecting to get it out in the next couple of months, so stay tuned!

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  18. Understood that apps for SELECTED wp is available. ANy idea when it might work with Lumia 720???

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  19. What is status of WP APP, last thread dating back to 04/2014 indicated it was in testing phase and scheduled to launch soon.

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    • Hi Tim, thanks for your post. We did support the Windows Phone platform last season. Unfortunately, due to the low number of Windows phone users, we have decided to stop the development work and maintenance for the Windows phone version of the Golf GameBook app. In our main markets, Golf GameBook app is mainly used with other smartphone platforms.

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  20. How do you change hole indexes in the app when there is a course change

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    • Hey Sam, good question. When you are reviewing a course you can make changes to the course by pressing on the hole you want to edit. We will gladly help you adjust courses if you have found errors in the course data. Let us know at support@golfgamebook.com and we will fix the course asap.

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  21. Love the application and my golf society uses it all the events. Is there any roadmap to keep handicap tracking? It would be great to have all this information in one application.

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  22. I am terribly saddened to hear that Gamebook is dropping their Android version. I have been one of the earliest users and admirers of the app and have used it on over 350 rounds of golf since it came out. I have personally introduced it to over 50 of my friends. I currently can not use it at all. My attempts to login are met with an immediate “network connection error” message and tech support says that there is nothing they can do since all development on the Android version has been stopped.

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    • Hello George,

      First of all I wish to apologise for the disappointment that we have caused you! Like you stated yourself we have stopped the development of Golf GameBook for Android. But we have stopped the development of the current version only because we wish to offer you an even better service in the future. When we originally started developing the app for Android, we made the decision to use a cross-platform tool rather than develop a native app. Using the cross-platform tool has since then set big limitations to our development work and it has become clear that we won’t be able to get the Android version up to speed with our iOS app by using it. This is why we have stopped the development of the Android version for now. But it isn’t as final as it might sound as we are planning to launch a native Android app in the future. So, I hope you can find the patience to wait for that to happen.

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  23. Hoy ha dejado de funcionar la aplicación en el sistema Android, dejando sin poder usar a muchos grupos de gente que lo utilizábamos en grupo y creando un ambiente de competición entre amigos. No entiendo como no han podido desarrollarlo y lo dejen aparcado, creando un problema a los que funcionan con Android.

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    • Lo siento!

      We understand your disappointment as there are many Android users running tournaments on Golf GameBook. We wouldn’t have made this difficult decision unless there is a better long-term solution carefully planned.

      Despite the Android app no longer being available, your Golf GameBook account won’t disappear anywhere and you can still access your profile by logging in at http://www.golfgamebook.com or on an iPhone/ iPad. If you play with friends using the Golf GameBook iPhone app, they can choose to add you in games and score your round. You can access the scores and live leaderboards online. In your weekly match, you can send the Golf GameBook web app link (www.golfgamebook.com/webapp) to the players that don’t have an iPhone (certain formats are not supported).
      Hope this helps and please do stay tuned for more information!

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  24. This new version is good but there is one very annoing bug, when you play round and put results and turn up to look your score app puts you hole number one, no matter which hole have to play

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    • Hi Tom,

      Really sorry to hear that you’ve been experiencing such problems with the app! Sounds like this might be due to you starting your round from a hole other than number one, but not having changed the starting hole on the app. When you first start entering scores starting from any other hole than number one, the app should ask you if you wish to change the starting hole for your round. If you answer “yes” the app will take you to back to the correct hole after each time you’ve checked the leaderboard, but If you select “no” the app will keep taking you to the first hole as you described. Could this have been the case here? I have forwarded this info on to our team and they will check if there is any bug that could be causing this. If this keeps happening, please contact our team at support@golfgamebook.com.

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  25. Hi! Love the app so far !! Thank you for developing this.
    We put on a small tournament (10teams, 40 players, 4man scramble) and are hoping to utilize your app. We have already entered the course, players, tee times and groups. We have at least one player per team that is tech savvy. Would it be possible to have one person per group download, join using the code and enter the score for the team on tournament day? Or is it required for every player on the team to download and join in?

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    • Hi Alix,

      Thanks for the kind words! I’m sure GameBook will be just a perfect fit for your tournament. It is enough for just one person in each group to do the scoring as they can enter the scores for the whole group. But if the others wish to view the leaderboard and take part in the conversation on the Game Feed they can all have the game open on their iPhones. The best way is for everyone to register on GameBook and for you to add their profiles into the game. That way the app will find the game for them automatically and you can skip using the join code. The other option is to use temporary players and have everybody use the join code to find the right game on the app. Good luck with the tournament! If you have any more questions, our team will be more than happy to help you out at support@golfgamebook.com 🙂

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