by Kim Fransman

Team events, new design and other simplifications

Finally, Team events! So, the last couple of weeks I've made lots and lots of progress regarding the overall feel and the flow through the app, specially around creating events, and most importantly, you can now create team events. The overall design and layout got some much needed attention as well, as did the event screens.

So without further ado, here is the new Team event functionality in all it's glory:

How it works

New event system:

  • New, simpler date & time picker
  • Removing or canceling events, totally forgot that one, haha
  • Finally possible to add team events.
  • Also playing with functionality to draw teams.
  • When scored, See leadeboard movement up to that event.

Other smaller changes:

  • Invitations have changed to being one and one, in the name of simple.
  • You can now change the settings for a tour whenever you want.
  • Edit your profile, change password and email.
  • All the attending players get notified via email about the scores and how they did, and the tour's leaderboard is updated.

If you have any questions or just want to chat, drop me a line at [email protected]

Forget the bogeys, enjoy the sun,
Kim


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by Kim Fransman

How it works, now with illustrations

To better explain to new visitors of the landing page how Simple Golftour works I experimented with different ways to present the new simple flow and after experimenting with sliders, animations and video I decided a simple list with some illustrations would do it.

I found a funny looking guy in one of my many folders of downloaded freebies. Hopefully it will make it more clear what Simple Golftour actually is and how it works.

Here it is in action:

How it works

PS. Go and sign up to create your own simple golftour, and if you have any tips, questions or just want to talk golf, drop me a line at [email protected]

Let the birdies rain on you,
Kim

by Kim Fransman

Trying a new format with this blog

I've not been writing here nearly as often as I would like and I've been thinking about how to change that. As I read of alot of blogs every day, it finally hit me: the ones I visit often are the ones that are brutally transparent, posts atleast once a week and keeps their posts short. So that made me decide to change it up a little.

I've been trying to come up with post-ideas that where too big and the result have been, well, nothing...

So, from this day on, expect short, transparent posts about what changes are being worked on, and the reasoning behind it.

See it like a diary of my work on Simple Golftour. Growth hacking, code snippets, gifs of interface changes and more.

PS. Go and sign up to create your own simple golftour, and if you have any tips, questions or just want to talk golf, drop me a line at [email protected]

Let the birdies rain on you,
Kim

by Kim Fransman

New simple flow for golf league management

After letting some very helpful people test out Simple Golftour for a couple of weeks we got some feedback and many requests for new features. We always want to make our users happy, but we don't want to leave our mantra of a simple golf tour for friends. We did begin this venture after being frightened away by all the not so simple "golf league software", so every decision is taken with that in mind.

The biggest changes:

  1. We totally got rid of the demand to record scores for every hole. Also the registering of puts where cool, but never used, so we scrapped that as well.
  2. You now can enter how many points the place in each event is worth, so you can say that 1:st place is 10p and 2nd place is 3p and all other after that is worth nothing, for example.
  3. We also added the possibility to choose how many events counts in the players total points.
    - Apparently some leagues have problems with people being able to attend every time, who knew?
  4. Completely removed the need for handicaps, all countries and even areas within the countries have their own system, so this is something you decide outside Simple Golftour, you just enter the scores you want counted, either with handicap or without.
  5. Finally, the biggest request was something we already had thought of but were unsure if other people also wanted: The possibility to play different types of events within the same league.

The "new" flow is now:

  1. A Tour is created
    - a much more fun name for the more regularly used League.
  2. The Tour owner (or one of its admins) creates Events, and chooses between Stableford, Strokeplay, Scramble, Nassau
    - or any other fun game type.
  3. When the event is finished, maybe during the visit at the 19th hole, you enter the scores for all the attendees in a simple form, that works like a charm on mobile devices by the way.
  4. All the attending players get notified via email about the scores and how they did, and the tour's leaderboard is updated.

PS We are closing in on our initial launch, so please leave your email at https://www.simplegolftour.com, and if you have any tips, questions or just want to tell me I'm stupid, drop me a line at [email protected]

Happy Birdie-hunting,
Kim

by Kim Fransman

How the idea of Simple Golftour was born

Competing with friends in golf, and keeping track of your progress should not be so complicated, I want to make it simple.

Background

Me and a couple of my friends, who plays golf on a pretty regular basis got tired of keeping track of our golfleague in excel so I started looking around the web for a good software, app or other solution to our problem. After a couple of hours of googling, looking at videos with titles like Super easy league managment I was broken, despaired and sad.

All we wanted was a way too keep track of who was gonna buy dinner at the end of the season, not set up flights, wrestle with scheduling, pairing, brackets or handicapping. All the solutions I found had way too much features and were completely bloated with stuff like message boards and emailing features you never use. They also made the presumption that all the leagues members could play at the same time. I guess they don't have children!

Where are we now?

In the beginning of last season I started building what is now Simple Golftour for my group of friends. So far it has served our needs perfectly and this is what it looks like:

Play

Leaderboard and my profile page

If you want to browse around, and look at how bad my golfgame really is, I made the page for our tour Tisdagsgolfen public. It is in swedish, but I think you will get the gist.

How it works

  1. You create or join a tour
  2. When you play a round of golf, just enter your scores, either via sms, email or directly on the website
  3. All the members of your tours will get a notification about your round, the leaderboard(s) will be updated and you hopefully get braggingrights. Atleast until someone else takes over the top spot.

If you want to get notifications on how the work is going, please leave your email at https://www.simplegolftour.com, and if you have any tips, questions or just want to tell me I'm stupid, drop me a line at [email protected]

Happy Golfing,
Kim