Friends in High Places: Travis Kelce

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Travis Kelce, Tight End, Kansas City Chiefs

Seth Jones (left) with Travis Kelce (right). (Photo: Golfdom staff)

Seth Jones (left) with Travis Kelce. (Photo: Golfdom staff)

Fresh off his win in “The Match” with Patrick Mahomes and pretty fresh off his most recent Super Bowl victory, Golfdom caught up with Travis Kelce, tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs.

The two-time Super Bowl Champion (2020, 2023) has a first-ballot NFL Hall of Fame resumé in the works. He is the fastest tight end in NFL history to record 6,000, 7,000, 8,000, 9,000 and 10,000 yards receiving. He has been named to the Pro Bowl every season since 2015. In 2020, Kelce set the all-time single-season receiving record for tight ends with 1,643 yards.

A native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Kelce entered the NFL in 2013 following his collegiate career at the University of Cincinnati. The former high school and college quarterback was the 63rd pick overall. Beyond the football field, Kelce has recently risen to pop culture stardom, first as a guest host on Saturday Night Live, then for his relationship with pop superstar Taylor Swift.

“The feeling you get when you hit that thing in your driver as far as you can … you feel it in your bones, man … it’s the best feeling in the world,” Kelce said. “I’ve got a few favorite spots in Kansas City, I don’t like to get political but I’ll name three: The National, Loch Lloyd and Wolf Creek. I’ll tell you what, conditions are important, (golf courses) have a beautiful botanic-esque, therapeutic kind of feel when you’re on a really, really nice course … without a doubt.”

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About the Author: Seth Jones

Seth Jones, a 25-year veteran of the golf industry media, is Editor-in-Chief of Golfdom magazine and Athletic Turf. A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Jones began working for Golf Course Management in 1999 as an intern. In his professional career he has won numerous awards, including a Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) first place general feature writing award for his profile of World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman and a TOCA first place photography award for his work covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In his career, Jones has accumulated an impressive list of interviews, including such names as George H.W. Bush, Samuel L. Jackson, Lance Armstrong and Charles Barkley. Jones has also done in-depth interviews with such golfing luminaries as Norman, Gary Player, Nick Price and Lorena Ochoa, to name only a few. Jones is a member of both the Golf Writers Association of America and the Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association. Jones can be reached at

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