Professional Instruction and Club Fitting

Whether you are a beginner hoping to learn the game or a seasoned player hoping to shave a few strokes off your handicap, Sunnyside CC has experienced instructors on staff ready to help you reach your goals on the golf course. The public is welcome to contact and receive instruction from the professional teaching staff at Sunnyside CC.

In addition to private instruction, the Sunnyside CC teaching staff offers junior golf camps in the summer and clinics throughout the year. Please call the pro shop at 559.255.6871 for information on available dates.


Steve Pellegrine | | 559.255.6871

Steve Pellegrine has been in the golf business since 1989, working in Texas, Oregon, and California. He loves teaching, playing, and organizing fun events and tournaments. He was the San Joaquin Valley Player of the Year in 2005 and Teacher of the Year in 2012. Steve remains a competitive player, playing in numerous Northern California Professional Golfers Association tournaments throughout the year, he also qualified for the U.S. Senior Open in 2016. He has been married to his wife, Katie, since 2009. They have three children together: Steven, Claire, and Samuel. He loves bringing his kids to Sunnyside CC to hit balls and count squirrels. Steve's lesson rates are per 1/2 hour. 


Mike Paniccia | 559.255.6871

Mike Paniccia obtained his PGA classification in 1977 after he completed his professional golfers’ apprenticeship at Sunnyside CC under Steve Menchinella. He has 30 years of experience as a club professional, director of golf, and general manager and is a certified Rules of Golf expert through the United States Golf Association.  He is experienced in teaching all golfers, from experienced competitive players to beginners taking their first lesson. He was awarded the Marc Rice Award from the Junior Golf Association of Northern California for his accomplishment in serving the junior golf population. Mike is currently an assistant coach for the Clovis West High School boys’ golf team. Mike's rates are for 45 Minutes or 6 lessons for 0


Ryan Kelly  559.255.6871

Ryan has been a dedicated employee at Sunnyside since 1999. During that time he has studied the golf swing and has become an accomplished teacher and player. He leads the way when it comes to our Junior Camps and also does an excellent job with group clinics. Ryan charges per 45 minutes or 3 lessons for $120.


Danny Paniccia

Born and raised in Fresno and graduated from Clovis West High School in 1995. Graduated from Fresno State in 2000 and played on the golf team all 4 years while earning Academic All American Honors in 2000.
He played on the Canadian Tour after college until 2006. He is a 4 time Fresno City Champion, 1996, 2010-2012. He was the assistant manager at Riverbend Golf Course from 2007-2013 and pro shop assistant at Belmont Country Club from 2013-2017. He is also the Head Golf Coach at Fresno City College. Danny is one of the top amateurs in Northern California and brings a wealth of golf knowledge from club fitting, rules and tournament management to the pro shop.


Joella A. Paniccia | | 559.260.1336


Professional Experience 

11 years professional golf experience, including:
• Golf Instructor including private lessons for group clinics for adults and juniors;
• Director of Junior Golf including golf clinics and camps for juniors;
• Golf Coach at the junior college, high school and middle school levels;
• Pro Shop and Customer & Member Services at private, semi-private and public golf facilities.

Affiliated with:
Fig Garden Golf Club  Fresno, CA             
Las Sendas Country Club Scottsdale, AZ
FireRock Country Club Scottsdale, AZ
River Park Golf Center Fresno, CA             
Fresno City College Fresno, CA             
Clovis Unified School District Clovis, CA


California State University – Fresno Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
Fresno City College  Associated Arts Degree

Memberships, Certifications and Awards

LPGA Class A Golf Professional
US Kids Certified Instructor
Fresno City College Women’s Golf Team Alumni