You are viewing this article in the archives. For the latest breaking news and updates in Ann Arbor and the surrounding area, see
Posted on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 : 4:20 p.m.

Actor Jeff Daniels hits hole-in-one at Polo Fields in Ann Arbor

By Pete Cunningham


Actor Jeff Daniels after hitting a hole-in-one.


The odds of the average golfer hitting a hole-in-one are approximately 12,500 to one.

So you're telling me there's a chance!

Actor Jeff Daniels hit a hole-in-one at the Polo Fields Golf and Country Club in Ann Arbor on Tuesday. The Chelsea native—famous for roles in "Dumb and Dumber," "Arachnophobia," and HBO's "The Newsroom," who is also founder/executive director of the Purple Rose Theatre Co.—hit the ace at 5 p.m. on Tuesday and took to Twitter soon after.

Daniels tweeted, "133yds. 8 iron into a stiff wind. Power Draw. No roll up and trickle in; a slam dunk. Two witnesses. #9 @ Polo Fields."

A spokesperson at Polo Fields Golf and Country Club confirmed that Daniels hit a hole-in-one on No. 9, a 133-yard par 3, with an 8-iron and that there were two witnesses. According to the spokesperson, Daniels and his group started their round on the back-nine, making No. 9 their final hole.

Now that's a happy ending.

Pete Cunningham covers sports for He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @petcunningham.


Jack Gladney

Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 8:32 p.m.

One-Percenters and their gilded lives of pointless leisure. Bah... (You da man, Jeff!)

Jenn McKee

Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 5:25 p.m.

Between this and getting an Emmy nomination for "The Newsroom," Daniels is having a really, really good week.


Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 1:49 a.m.

This is probably why his hole in one made the news. To prompt every one to watch a show that is being nominated. There are better shows out there then this that deserved to be nominated.


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 1:45 p.m.

A hole in one is in my future and I am running out of time. Good show old boy! I have been in a foursome at Travis Pointe and witnessed a hole in one by my partner the then Tecumseh Country Club Pro ... It was his second in his career and he was matter of fact about it ... No jumping in the air; no tweeting; no OMG, just a cool " I think that may have gone in!" A very cool happening for any golfer, especially an amateur!! And jeff can sing too; let alone act. Jeff is a shoe in for the Emmy if this is any indication of his year.. Skill vs luck ... I will take luck every time!

Steve Bean

Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 12:43 p.m.

"So you're telling me there's a chance!" Well played, Pete!


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 11:41 a.m.

Impressive, congrats to Jeff! Hitting it in on the fly is pretty sweet


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 1:43 a.m.

Congrats Jeff, too bad it wasn't at Pierce Lake. We played thru your group there when they were filming Michigan Golf. Love you!


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 12:39 a.m.

I was just making sure. Your second from last sentence was a bit ambiguous: "...making No. 9 their final hole."


Wed, Jul 24, 2013 : 10:59 p.m.

And this makes me want to do what? Throw a party? I really see a slow news day today. Impressive? Not.

Cameron McLain

Tue, Jul 30, 2013 : 3:48 a.m.

Poor fellow, cheer up.


Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 1:47 a.m.

The only impression he makes to me is the fact some of his films are OK and yet he comes up with some publicity stunt to keep himself in the news. Yes, I clicked on the link and yes I commented. Got a problem with that one? Jeff is not an ace in the hole. More like a one nite stand still making sure his fans know he is not dead yet. Sorry Jeff, but there are others out there more impressive then you.


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 12:22 p.m.

Impressive? Yes!

Boo Radley

Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 1:12 a.m.

It made the national news on TV ... so I would sure hope it would make it on

Peter Baker

Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 1:06 a.m.

And bothered to comment.


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 12:40 a.m.

You clicked on the article didn't you?

Kyle Mattson

Wed, Jul 24, 2013 : 9:38 p.m.

Well, the closes I've come to this feat is 3 inches. One day, one day... Has anyone here been lucky enough to snag an ace?

Cameron McLain

Tue, Jul 30, 2013 : 3:49 a.m.

13 years old, 115 yards with a 7 iron in Dover Foxcroft, Maine.

Just Be Nice

Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 12:20 p.m.

Witnessed a hole-in-one. Still waiting to get one myself!


Wed, Jul 24, 2013 : 11 p.m.

Only on the Black Jack table.

John of Saline

Wed, Jul 24, 2013 : 9:24 p.m.

Good for him!


Wed, Jul 24, 2013 : 9:23 p.m.

Guess he had to buy a round of drinks! Congrats!


Wed, Jul 24, 2013 : 9:18 p.m.

I thought you had to play 18 holes for an ace to be official.

Pete Cunningham

Wed, Jul 24, 2013 : 9:50 p.m.

They did play a full 18, played the back nine first. No word on Daniels' final score (or bar bill). As for it being "official," according to the United States Golf Association, "The Rules of Golf do not address the issue of the validity of a hole-in-one." The USGA's recommends an "official" hole in one be made "during a round of at least nine holes" Here are the rest of the USGA's recommendations: "The Rules of Golf do not address the issue of the validity of a hole-in-one. It is up to the Committee to determine whether a hole-in-one is valid. The USGA recommends that a hole-in-one be considered valid: - If made during a round of at least nine holes, except that a hole-in-one made during a match should be acceptable even if the match ends before the stipulated round is completed. - If the player is playing one ball; a hole-in-one made in a practice round in which the player is playing two or more balls should not be acceptable. - If attested by someone acceptable to the Committee. - If made at a hole with a temporary tee and/or putting green in use, even if the Committee did not specifically define the teeing ground with tee-markers; the length of the hole at the time should be stated on any certificate. - If made in a "scramble" competition, which is played as follows: A side comprises four players. Each member of a side plays from the teeing ground, the best drive is selected, each member plays a second shot from where the best drive is located, and so on.

Kyle Mattson

Wed, Jul 24, 2013 : 9:37 p.m.

Sounds like they played a full 18 a2c, the back 9 first then the front 9.