Rock Creek Golf Club.

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Rock Creek Golf Club is a public golf course owned by a private company and managed by Lee Jeffries. The case entails a debate about the golf carts used to take players around the course instead of walking around. The carts they already owned were old and there was a need for new golf carts.

Approached by two salesman, Lee Jeffries was forced to chose to make a deal with one of them. Salesman A offered carts at $2,240 each and at the end of five years the expected salvage value was going to be $240 each.

Salesman B proposed to lease the golf carts for $500 dollars per cart per year. This was payable at the end of the year for five years and the contract could be cancelled at any time with 90 days notice. This deal was easier to get out of.

Either way $420 dollars in costs per cart per year were expected and revenue of $84000 per year was expected.


This case concerns whether to buy golf carts or lease golf carts. The financial implications are different based on the way the golf course acquires (buys or leases) use of the carts and on the terms used in acquiring them.

The questions posed in this case bring to light the answers that would tell an owner of a golf course presented with the terms for sale and the terms for lease of golf carts that he was presented with, what he should do.

We calculated what the interest payments would be each year if we paid for the golf carts each year for five years, and also the principal payment for each year. We also figured out what the interest rate would be for the lease of the carts with...